Google TechTalks March 22, 2006 S. Keshav University of Waterloo ABSTRACT Rural kiosks in developing countries provide a variety of services such as providing birth and death certificates, land records, and consulting on medical and agricultural problems. Fundamental to a kiosk’s operation is its connection to the Internet for bidirectional information transfer. Network connectivity today is primarily provided by dialup lines, though Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) or long-distance wireless is also being deployed. These solutions tend to be both expensive and failure prone. We propose the use of buses and cars as `mechanical backhaul’ devices to carry data to and from a village and… Video Rating: 3 / 5
The Philippines Department of Health, Tarlac Provincial Health Office and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), through its Wireless Reach™ initiative, announce the successful completion of the Wireless Access for Health project’s pilot phase. The project participants leveraged their expertise and resources in public health, medical care, technology and training to create an electronic health record system that meets the needs of health care decision makers on varying levels, ranging from midwives to doctors to policy makers. Results at the conclusion of the pilot phase, which recorded over 12000 patient consultations, indicate that such a system is not only feasible and improves patient care in rural health clinics, but also has a real impact for decision makers. his project is made possible through the collaboration of public-private partners: agencies of the Philippine Department of Health, including the National Epidemiology Center, the Information Management Service and the Center for Health Development for Region 3, local government units in Tarlac, Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative, RTI International, Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART), Tarlac State University, the University of the Philippines Manila-National Telehealth Center and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).