Tele-health: a unique model of community development initiative in Nepal
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is escalating its presence in several areas in Nepal. It has led to the revolution of the healthcare services across the country using innovative technologies for the better services. The swelling growth in coverage of mobile networks, maximum use of computer, gadgets, advance in ICT technologies and applications, increasing life style diseases, and growing awareness among patient population in our country are some of the factors expanding the importance of ICT in health sector in Nepal. As per Nepal Telecommunications Authority’s MIS Report 2015, there are 26,803,688 mobile phone and 11,756,552 internet users. This indicates that ICT is the most important part of our daily life during these days. Due to the fast increasing reach of internet, Community Health Services by Tele-health (CHEST) is coming up with innovative model of sustainable community development using ICT, thus giving the concept of healthcare delivery a community-centric turn.
IT Consultant, CHEST/DISHARC