Electronic patient chart unites developing nations into One World

Houston 17 June 1998 Children and adults in developing regions who are isolated from medical services, far too often can only rely on care and relief workers sent by humanitarian organizations, international care agencies or foreign governments. The PhysiTel company is trying to meet the pressing health care needs in these areas through the One World programme. The Texas based manufacturer of telemedicine products wants to provide health care groups offering medical aid in developing and war-torn countries, with its ChartMailer software at little or no cost at all. The application has been designed to combine medical images and paper-based patient records into a single, streamlined electronic patient chart for transmission over the Internet by means of conventional telephone lines.

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Children and adults in developing regions who are isolated from medical services, far too often can only rely on care and relief workers sent by humanitarian organizations, international care agencies or foreign governments. The PhysiTel company is trying to meet the pressing health care needs in these areas through the One World programme. The Texas based manufacturer of telemedicine products wants to provide health care groups offering medical aid in developing and war-torn countries, with its ChartMailer software at little or no cost at all. The application has been designed to combine medical images and paper-based patient records into a single, streamlined electronic patient chart for transmission over the Internet by means of conventional telephone lines.

The ChartMailer tool can run on practically any personal, laptop or notebook computer, that is equipped with Windows 95 or NT, for the generation, management and transfer of electronic patient charts. It is even possible to use cellular telephone services to interlink physicians, nurses or other care providers, in order to send the electronic patient chart as email message to any imaginable place in the world.

In this way, a powerful and mobile telemedicine network can be established. For security reasons, the information is safely encrypted with a sophisticated 128-bit programme, which means that only authorized people are able to unlock the patient records. The patient chart may be supplemented with digitally recorded voice mail and on-screen notations, as to offer a higher level of convenience.

PhysiTel's Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Birnbach, states that statistics, issued by the World Health Organization, show a stunning child mortality rate in certain developing countries. The chances for a child in those regions to survive after its fifth birthday are 26 times lower than in the United States. These sad figures were more than convincing enough for the telemedicine solutions provider to launch the One World initiative.

Since the majority of the health care workers in these areas can dispose of a laptop computer, the introduction of the ChartMailer software can mean a real breakthrough for medical assistance in isolated and remote locations. The One World programme within seconds realizes the contact between patient and physician by one touch of the button through the electronic patient chart.


Leslie Versweyveld

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