Telemedicine project in Ghana

Access to healthcare for people in low- and middle-income countries is challenging, and people often have to travel considerable distances to receive quality care. We worked with our partners to develop a telemedicine project in the Bonsaaso cluster of Ghana to expand access to quality care in these rural areas while reducing transport times and costs for patients and avoiding unnecessary referrals.

Partners include the Columbia University Earth Institute’s Millennium Villages Project, the Ghanaian Ministry of Health, the National Health Insurance Authority Ghana, the Ghana Ambulance Service and the Ghana Health Service.

Since this pilot scheme, the program has been scaled up in the Amansie-West district, and a road map for national scale up is in development to cover the entire nation with telemedicine services by 2017.