The so-called ‘Guyana Telemedicine network’ is a concrete operational case which evidences the decisive impact of networking telemedicine issues in those regions where population is sparse, in isolated or uneasy to access areas.
The network developed in Guyana shows it possible and beneficial to link through a network in an operational way local ‘health centres and stations’ (CPS in French) operated by paramedical staffs with a regional hospital centre (here the ‘Centre Hospitalier André Rosemond’ – CHAR) – this one being linked to the ‘external world’
In 2008, thanks to the ‘Guyana Telemedicine network, 381 teleconsultation medical records have been processed the ‘telemedicine Guyane network’ in some ten specialities, coming from 16 health centres and stations.
The experimental phase of teleconsultation using satellite was implemented at the very beginning of the 2000’s through a partnership joining the so-called ‘Centre Hospitalier Andrée Rosemon’ (CHAR) in Cayenne, the CNES (the French Space Agency), and MEDES (Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology). Then, after 2004, an operational development took place. The so-called SAMU (a common French acronym for Emergency Medical Support Service) played an important role in this system. Since it works (...)(read more...)
Guyana is a large French overseas department. It covers some 86.000 km², 80% of which are covered by equatorial forest. Most of its population lives close to the shore and in three towns : Cayenne, Kourou and Saint-Laurent du Maroni, where the three hospitals of the department are located, as well as most of its health resources. The ‘health centres and stations’ (CPS in French) spread on the whole territory are in charge of the remaining healthcare issues. They are the only access to (...)(read more...)