In many countries, while access to healthcare is available to all, physically getting to the healthcare services can remain a major issue. Equally daunting is bringing healthcare to some villages due to their remote locations, difficult terrain, and lack of infrastructure. Certain types of imaging equipment and the associated medical experts are more centrally located, requiring those in remote villages to have a burden of traveling to receive healthcare services, or sometimes waiting for a doctor to visit their village. This travel can be expensive to villagers in terms of direct costs and also indirect costs like lost wages. It’s also major time cost to doctors who spend hours on the road.
Shortages of doctors and nurses force centralization, which exacerbates the problem.
Implementation of remote healthcare applications over high bandwidth networks is part of the solution to the problem. Using advanced technology, the problem with shortages of healthcare professionals can be relieved with high resolution video connections to nurses and their patients for consultation, as well as access to distant experts, imaging and archiving of data. In addition to technical hurdles to achieve such a network and applications, the solutions must be developed with awareness of legal, liability, and privacy issues.
In addition to medical and technical issues, other elements related to the environment need to be considered such as demographics, regulation, healthcare policies, patient acceptance, payment systems, distance and availability of medical personal.
Identifying the Opportunity
At the highest level, we identify a business need in a specific market, quantify the revenue potential of addressing that need, and illustrate how the service concept uniquely achieves this. These high-level documents are publicly available. More detailed Business Model information is available to ng Connect members or by request to non-members with a business interest in the concept.
Application note for Taiwan healthcare trial: https://resources.nokia.com/asset/201022