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Special Issue "Telehealth Innovations in Global Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication and Informatics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2023 | Viewed by 2700

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Suparna Qanungo
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Guest Editor
Associate Professor and Director for Global Health, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina
Interests: Global Public Health with focus on low-middle income countries; telehealth; community-based research to improve access to care

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global environment presents a unique platform to understand challenging medical and public health issues. Telehealth and technology applications are becoming increasingly available to address these global health issues by improving access to care, remote patient monitoring, managing health conditions, promoting wellness, changing health behaviors, and educating patients and providers. Telehealth strategies in the field of global health open the door to opportunities for bringing together interprofessional disciplines to address global health issues. However, to generate evidence to support the effectiveness of these strategies, our goal is to close the gap by reporting on research-tested interventions and evaluated programs in the field of global health.

This Special Issue seeks papers on innovative telehealth strategies to improve global public health in underserved population and under-resourced settings, including disaster relief. We encourage original articles reporting on telehealth innovations in all areas of research, practice, and education in clinical as well as community settings worldwide. We also welcome high-quality systematic reviews and research protocols related to implementation of telehealth applications in the global health field. Please consider a submission to this issue if you have a telehealth intervention or program that has been tested and evaluated in a healthcare or community setting with culturally diverse population around the globe.

Dr. Suparna Qanungo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Global Health, LMICs
  • telehealth, innovation
  • access to care
  • community
  • health system

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Telemedicine Chronic Viral Hepatitis C Treatment during the Lockdown Period in Romania: A Pilot Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(7), 3694; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073694 - 01 Apr 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic is currently delaying the process of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) eradication, since most of the chronic diseases are neglected. Thus, there is a need for alternative programs for HCV therapy implementation and disease monitoring. Our aim was to provide a [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic is currently delaying the process of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) eradication, since most of the chronic diseases are neglected. Thus, there is a need for alternative programs for HCV therapy implementation and disease monitoring. Our aim was to provide a multidisciplinary approach, so that HCV-infected patients from distant locations may benefit from HCV antivirals during the COVID-19 outbreak and within the lockdown period in Romania. Previously diagnosed HCV patients willing to participate in this telemedicine pilot study were included. Patient characteristics and medical adherence were assessed and compared to the year preceding the pandemic. We proposed a multidisciplinary approach by using a telemedicine program for HCV therapy monitoring. Patients also received a satisfaction questionnaire after delivering the sustained virologic response (SVR) result. A total of 41 patients agreed to participate in this study. The medication adherence was 100% for patients included in the telemedicine group, with a statistically significant difference from the medication adherence of the patients treated in 2019. The satisfaction item score was 4.92 out of 5 and our results (r = −0.94, p < 0.0001) suggested that older patients embraced the telemedicine program less, but with the same success in terms of SVR (100%) and medication adherence (100%). Our pilot study offers the first example of a telemedicine program in Romania for HCV therapeutic management. During the lockdown period, telemedicine has served as a reliable tool and novel alternative for conventional monitoring of patients treated with direct antiviral agents and should be further considered even following the pandemic. Full article
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