People living in remote and rural areas of Jordan are accessing specialised medical treatment through videoconferencing, secure sharing of scans and medical records and mobile screening at telehealth clinics all over the country. The specialised clinics, which mean appointments with local doctors can include consultations with specialists in the capital Amman, have affected the treatment, diagnosis and care of nearly 10,000 patients.
Results & Impact
More than 2,600 people have participated in remote consultations, 1,700 women have been screened for breast cancer, and doctors have used the remote technology to discuss more than 5,000 cases
Cisco, Government of Jordan
Patients take part in consultations with specialists in Amman using Cisco’s secure video conferencing and information sharing technology, from state-of-the-art telehealth clinics in remote areas of the country. For radiology, a Service Exchange Platform allows specialists and doctors to securely share and discuss scans and medical records online, while mobile screening units have been set up in areas far from the capital
Cost & Value
Running since 2011
Jordan has given more than 2,600 people living in remote areas access to specialist healthcare by using remote consultation technology powered by Cisco.
The Jordan Healthcare Initiative, which has been running since 2011, allows Jordan’s rural population to access medical facilities in the capital Amman from their local government hospital. Like in other countries, many of those living outside the capital in this sparsely populated kingdom are prevented from accessing high-level medical facilities by long distances, high travel costs or their own poor health.
The project is the product of a partnership between the Jordanian Ministry of Health and Cisco, which provides systems based on what it calls the Internet of Everything. It enables secure transfer of information, video consultations and even direct access to state-of-the art equipment, regardless of where patients are in the Kingdom, and in its first three years helped nearly 10,000 patients.
A major component is the telehealth project, which has been running since 2011. Using high definition video and audio, it connects specialists in Amman to patients in remote and underserved communities. Patients access the consultations through their doctors, who guide the focus of the appointment, provide medical devices and brief both parties on relevant information. Over 2,600 remote consultations between patients and specialists, 20% of which have been for children, have taken place in cardiology, dermatology and nephrology thanks to the project.
As well as communication between doctor and patient, Cisco technology enables doctors to communicate with each other, securely sharing information, records, scans and images, incorporating specialist information to come to the best conclusions on patient diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 2014 the component has run a Service Exchange Platform for radiology, used by providers based at three Cisco service exchange platforms at three Ministry of Health hospitals across the country. By the end of 2014, 5,341 patient cases had been discussed using this service.
In July 2014, the project brought services to rural areas themselves. As a key component of Jordan’s goal to screen all women for breast cancer, fully wired mobile screening clinics have been established in both the North East and South of Jordan, with 1,700 screenings performed in the first eighteen months of one clinic.
The successes of the project have laid the foundations for continual expansion since it was founded in 2011. In 2015, the Jordanian Government and Cisco signed a memorandum of understanding to extend the project, installing three new telehealth clinics, connect two more remote hospitals to Amman using Cisco technology, and connect the King Hussein Medical Centre in Amman to hospitals around the world, linking communities all over Jordan to global medical excellence.
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