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Implementation of information and communication technologies for health in Bangladesh

Overview of attention for article published in Bulletin of the World Health Organization, August 2015
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Title
Implementation of information and communication technologies for health in Bangladesh
Published in
Bulletin of the World Health Organization, August 2015
DOI 10.2471/blt.15.153684
Pubmed ID
Authors

Sheik Mohammed Shariful Islam, Reshman Tabassum

Abstract

Bangladesh has yet to develop a fully integrated health information system infrastructure that is critical to guiding policy development and planning. Initial pilot telemedicine and eHealth programmes were not coordinated at national level. However, in 2011, a national eHealth policy was implemented. Bangladesh has made substantial improvements to its health system. However, the country still faces public health challenges with limited and inequitable access to health services and lack of adequate resources to meet the demands of the population. In 2008, eHealth services were introduced, including computerization of health facilities at sub-district levels, internet connections, internet servers and an mHealth service for communicating with health-care providers. Health facilities at sub-district levels were provided with internet connections and servers. In 482 upazila health complexes and district hospitals, an mHealth service was set-up where an on-duty doctor is available for patients at all hours to provide consultations by mobile phone. A government operated telemedicine service was initiated and by 2014, 43 fully equipped centres were in service. These centres provide medical consultations by qualified physicians to patients visiting rural and remote community clinics and union health centres. Despite early pilot interventions and successful implementation, progress in adopting eHealth strategies in Bangladesh has been slow. There is a lack of common standards on information technology for health, which causes difficulties in data management and sharing among different databases. Limited internet bandwidth and the high cost of infrastructure and software development are barriers to adoption of these technologies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Bangladesh 1 <1%
Unknown 126 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 27 21%
Researcher 24 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 12%
Student > Bachelor 14 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 5%
Other 23 18%
Unknown 18 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 33 26%
Nursing and Health Professions 21 16%
Social Sciences 11 9%
Psychology 9 7%
Computer Science 8 6%
Other 23 18%
Unknown 24 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 June 2016.
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#2,458,505
of 14,573,919 outputs
Outputs from Bulletin of the World Health Organization
#731
of 2,711 outputs
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#54,788
of 282,065 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Bulletin of the World Health Organization
#5
of 40 outputs
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