Unlike other telemedicine companies, GlobalMed has a massive and diverse international presence. The reason? Our solutions are secure, scalable and easy to use, and they can fit into any type of care setting – from disaster sites to airplanes to remote villages. In fact, so many healthcare organizations in Africa are standardized on GlobalMed’s platform that we have a base in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to handle our deployments there.
Now our African footprint is expanding, thanks to a United Nations-funded telemedicine project. The government of Zimbabwe has selected GlobalMed to provide equipment to 16 clinics in the Manicaland province, including mobile exam stations, software application and medical examination devices. Eventually the program will expand to 96 healthcare facilities throughout Zimbabwe.
The project is funded by ITU, a United Nations agency in Switzerland that’s collaborating with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, the Ministry of ICT and POTRAZ, Zimbabwe’s telecommunication regulatory agency.
As with our other deployments, the Zimbabwe pilot will bring care to the underserved. Local healthcare is often limited to a monthly one-day visit from a nurse. But what about when someone is sick on one of the other 29 days of the month? Two of the strongest villagers carry the patient to the nearest village where a nurse is visiting that day.
If that sounds ineffective and inconvenient to you, you’ll understand the radical potential of telemedicine to transform not just immediate medical issues, but health outcomes for entire villages. Cosmas Chigwamba, principal director at Zimbabwe's Ministry of ICT & Cyber Security, said he believes GlobalMed will enable them to “do what we're doing in a better way and to have a great impact on the lives of the people that we touch.”
Elevating Healthcare Across Africa
For an idea of GlobalMed’s ongoing impact in Africa, consider the virtual care program we helped launch in Cape Verde. Air evacuation for medical emergencies is nearly impossible from some islands there; medications are limited, and some towns lack clinics or pharmacies. Many residents struggle with poverty, communicable diseases, and substance abuse.
To connect residents to medical care, GlobalMed provided Cape Verde with mobile telemedicine stations, including a Polycom video conferencing solution, TotalExam™ examination camera, a stethoscope, a vital signs monitor, a ClearProbe™ ultrasound and a 12-Lead ECG. The solutions have been used for primary care, urgent care, trauma medicine, and other clinical treatment that Cape Verde residents wouldn’t otherwise receive.
In another notable example, GlobalMed’s compliance expert Krystylle Richardson recently completed a medical mission in Kumasi, Ghana with GlobalMed solutions. Her team provided health literacy education and more than 1,000 individual exams, including eyes, throat, ears, and other examinations, using one Transportable Exam Station (TES) unit. Richardson is planning on additional missions down the road.
Transformation Through Technology
By expanding our presence in Africa, GlobalMed joins technology giants like Google and Facebook in transforming disadvantaged corners of the earth. Google’s Project Loon has created an aerial wireless network to bring Internet access to rural areas, including some of Kenya’s most remote regions. Facebook is also building orbital lasers and satellites to get remote residents online and spark socioeconomic growth. GlobalMed solutions turn that expanded Internet access into expanded access to care. It’s all part of our mission to globally transform healthcare – and we can’t wait to see where we’ll go next.
GlobalMed powers the world’s largest, most advanced virtual care programs by designing, manufacturing, and deploying fully integrated software and hardware solutions that remove the barriers of technology from the business of patient care. Providers are enabled with data capturing tools to deliver evidence-based treatment and improve patient outcomes while lowering costs. Providers looking for their own technology to manage capacity, save money, and deliver responsible medicine, will get all they need from one platform. Recognizing the importance of trust and consistency in healthcare, GlobalMed also offers white-label versions of their systems so that providers can self-brand their virtual care offerings to strengthen the patient relationship with their organization. With over 15 million consults delivered in over 55 countries, GlobalMed is honored to be the telehealth provider to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Agency, and the White House. Its virtual care platform has the Authority to Operate (ATO) on U.S. Department of Defense networks with the highest level of security and supports a patient at any point in the continuum of care. Learn more at www.globalmed.com.