Supporters and implementers
The term telemedicine is used worldwide and practiced for various purposes as a modern form of medical communication and operation (e.g. surgery robots). The usage of the term in the telemedicine project is unique, and was defined by the needs and capacity of Palestinian health care providers. A web-based network was created in 2009 to facilitate second opinion consultations between physicians inside and outside of Palestine especially in the following specializations: oncology, cardiology, and radiology. The project is implemented by the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and in close cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH). The MoH will be the owner and administrator of the telemedicine system once GIZ's involvement is done.
The main partner of the telemedicine project is the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The servers of the telemedicine application are located in the data center of the MoH. The initial phase of the project focused on linking governmental and private hospitals in Palestine with each other. Then efforts were made to link Palestinian physicians with physicians from Jordan and around the world. The final stage of the project is focused on handing over the telemedicine network to the Palestinian MoH, A Steering Committee was established in the beginning of 2014 to be the main decision-making body of the telemedicine network. The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Anan Masri is the Chairperson of the Steering Committee.
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