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it is now possible for the clinicians located in Zambia’s rural health centres to be able to easily send and receive information for prompt diagnosis

- Connecting rural health clinicians in Zambia to international doctors for advice, diagnosis and treatment support via innovative mobile app and Tablet PCs
- Official handover of new app to take place in Zambia on 20 January
- Over 750 hours of development time donated free of charge

Landmark Information Group has completed the development of a new mobile telemedicine application for the Virtual Doctors charity. The app will transform the way rural health centres in Zambia access vital advice, diagnosis and treatment support from a pool of qualified UK doctors, in order to deliver vital patient care to people located in some of the poorest parts of Africa.

Virtual Doctors connects African health clinicians with qualified doctors and specialists in the UK, who donate their time for free to offer diagnosis and treatment advice to some of the world’s poorest communities. In particular, Zambia has roughly 1,600 doctors for a population of approximately 14 million. Of these, two thirds of doctors live in urban areas, whereas two thirds of the population live in rural Zambia.

Developed free of charge by seven members of the Landmark team, in approximately 100 days, the new custom-built VDrs mobile application is used on a Tablet PC and makes it simple for Clinical Officers to be able to share patient data with the pool of doctors. With an integrated SIM for mobile connectivity, the app can be used at any time, in any place, and by using the Tablet’s integrated camera, it is easy for Clinical Officers to be able to take photos of patients and attach them to patient records for easy sharing.

The VDrs app replaces an outdated solution that used laptops, wireless USB dongles for Internet connection, plus the need to use an external camera for photos. With the original software requiring Internet connectivity to share patient’s records, it created a real problem if the connection dropped as the case details were lost and needed to be loaded once again.

Commenting on the completion of the new VDrs application, Ian Clarke, Chief Technology Officer from Landmark Information Group, and Trustee of the charity said: “The Virtual Doctors’ vision is to provide isolated Clinical Officers in Zambia with a link to specialist advice and diagnostic expertise, helping them to treat more patients on-site, quickly and effectively. By doing so, it will make a real difference to the thousands of patients in daily need.

By providing access to good broadband, the latest tablet devices, our custom-built app, and a direct line to the pool of qualified doctors who have volunteered their time back in the UK, it is now possible for the clinicians located in Zambia’s rural health centres to be able to easily send and receive information for prompt diagnosis. They can even enter a real-time dialogue about a case, which will enhance the patient experience by reducing the need for return visits or unnecessary hospital appointments. This will minimise the burden on both patients and hospitals, and also ensure patients receive the right treatment, sooner.”

An official handover of the app will be taking place on 20 January where Huw Jones, executive director and founder of The Virtual Doctors will be joined by Tina Coomber and Paul Ross from Landmark Information Group who together will present the new Samsung Galaxy tablets and VDrs telemedicine app to the Clinical Officers in each Rural Health Centre, in the presence of the District Medical Officer (Chief Medic for District) for each District.

Adds Huw Jones, executive director and founder of The Virtual Doctors charity: “We are extremely grateful to the team at Landmark who have donated their time and energies into creating this brand new application which will literally help save lives. The plan is to roll the new Tablet PCs and application out to 13 rural clinics in three districts. We are also in the process of running a crowdfunding campaign to help with the set up costs of three of these sites and will keep expanding our reach as funding allows.”

To add to this, Ian Clarke, recently completed a 700-mile cycle ride for the charity, which took him from Bury St Edmunds, to Paris, Antwerp, Rotterdam and back, raising an additional £2,250 for the charity (of which Landmark contributed £1,000 having generously agreed to match donations received).

For more information regarding Landmark Information Group, visit www.landmark.co.uk.
For more information about The Virtual Doctors Charity, and their December Crowdfunding campaign, visit: www.virtualdoctors.org.

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Notes to Editors:
Images are available on request.

About Landmark Information Group
Landmark Information Group, part of the Daily Mail General Trust, is the UK’s leading provider of land and property search information, including digital mapping, environmental risk reports for property professionals.

Working closely with data providers including Ordnance Survey, the Environment Agency, the Coal Authority and the British Geological Survey enables Landmark to offer current and historical environmental risk management information and desktop mapping solutions for the property industry. Since 1995, substantial investment has been made in establishing the Landmark database, which is one of the largest geographical information databases in Europe.

Visit http://www.landmark.co.uk/ or follow Landmark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LandmarkUK

Editor’s Contact:

Peppa Sheridan, Peptalk Communications
www.sourcewire.com/newsroom/PeptalkCommunications

About The Virtual Doctors

The Virtual Doctors is a UK-based charity (registered charity no: 1129924) that helps rural health workers in Africa, where there are no doctors, to connect to doctors and medical specialists in the UK who respond with diagnosis and treatment advice, helping to save lives. By providing sophisticated yet easy to use telemedicine software and state of the art technology the charity has three clear aims:
• To help reduce unnecessary mortality and morbidity by allowing rural health workers to treat more patients on-site
• To reduce unnecessary referrals to distant and hard-to-reach hospitals
• To improve the skills and knowledge of rural health workers

The Virtual Doctors relies 100% on charitable donations to support its work.

Crowdfunding Campaign:

The Virtual Doctors Crowdfunding Campaign runs until 9.00 am on 29 December and is actively campaigning to raise funds to help roll out the service to new rural health centres in Zambia. http://bit.ly/1OK7qSG.

Editors Contact for The Virtual Doctors:

Huw Jones
info@virtualdoctors.org
www.virtualdoctors.org
07981 720041

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