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Management article
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Reference no. ROT228
Published by: Rotman Management Magazine
Originally published in: "Rotman Management Magazine", 2014
Length: 5 pages

Abstract

For generations, the model for receiving health care services in the developed world has been straightforward. It starts with showing your insurance card at the reception desk and ends with a 10-minute examination/discussion with a doctor. In developing countries, this model is structurally untenable: according to the World Health Organization, there is a global shortage of four million health care providers, and in 57 countries, this amounts to a crisis. The authors present several new models for delivering health care services in developing countries that use ICT (information and communication technologies) - ie, cell phones, tablets and computers. It is only a matter of time, they say, before these models spread to more resource-rich settings.

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Abstract

For generations, the model for receiving health care services in the developed world has been straightforward. It starts with showing your insurance card at the reception desk and ends with a 10-minute examination/discussion with a doctor. In developing countries, this model is structurally untenable: according to the World Health Organization, there is a global shortage of four million health care providers, and in 57 countries, this amounts to a crisis. The authors present several new models for delivering health care services in developing countries that use ICT (information and communication technologies) - ie, cell phones, tablets and computers. It is only a matter of time, they say, before these models spread to more resource-rich settings.

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