For promoting better access of information about disease and consult with physicians in remote areas of Africa, the United Nations is helping modernize telecommunications in the region. There is a lag in treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and Malaria in Africa, explained the World Health Organization.
Stennar Pedersen, the director of the Norwegian Center for Telemedicine at the University of North Norway, worked as a consultant for WHO program known as ‘eHealth’ and mentioned that this program helped health care workers by providing them with fresh ways of treating patients. He met with health officials from West Africa at UN seminar on eHealth in Accra.
Dr. Elias Sory, the Director General of Ghanaian health services, said that eHealth will reduce the impact of personnel shortages while making it easier to train existing staff. Sory explained that ehealth facilities would help medical professionals to provide care more efficiently, treating more patients in less time. The program must be tailored to each West African country’s health care needs and level of technological development. eHealth aims not only to connect doctors for diagnostic purposes, but also to encourage them to share best practices and allowing the participating ministries of health to develop ethical and legal policies covering the collection and storage of electronic health information to ensure patient confidentiality.