One of the biggest ‘service shifts’ in the healthcare sector since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the widespread adoption of telehealth. As well as being a viable option to provide continuity of care and treatment to patients during the coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has transformed how health systems can respond to chronic workforce shortages and optimize their clinical capacities.
Last, 16th March, the International Hospital Federation (IHF) and the Africa Healthcare Federation (AHF) hosted a special webinar that shared learnings and knowledge about telehealth. The webinar discussed how telehealth addressed disparities of access to care and medical expertise.
Chaired by Sharon Allen, Executive Director of the World Telehealth Initiative (WTI), this webinar featured a mix of live presentations and panel discussions. The participants learned that the work of clinicians and WTI coordinators are to provide sustainable medical expertise and capacity building amongst communities to deliver core health services.