Aimed at improving delivery of pediatric care in the less developed regions of the country, the teleconference was fully translated into Armenian. Two most important topics covered included “Febrile Convulsions in Childhood” presented by Arusyak Khachatryan from St. Astvatsamair Medical Center, and “Jaundices in Childhood” presented by Hrant Kalenteryan from University Hospital N3 at YSMU.
A second teleconference, this time focusing on infectious diseases was held on February 22, 2008. Through a Yerevan-Salzburg telemedicine-conference, Dr. Ellen A. Morrison from the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Medicine/ Columbia University Medical Center delivered a full series of lectures on “Infectious Causes of Diarrhea.” The teleconference drew the participation of more than thirty physicians from Yerevan, Department of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at YSMU, and pediatricians from different regions of the country.
“This is truly an exciting – seeing our telemedicine program fully functional to deliver quality healthcare to the underserved regions of rural Armenia and Karabakh. We hope that such kind of events will become more and more frequent, enabling physicians in the capital to share information and knowledge. This is what we are continuously trying to achieve – narrowing the gap of living standards between Yerevan and rural Armenia,” says Irina Lazarian, the Executive Director of Armenia Fund in New York.
Armenia Fund’s Telemedicine Program aims at modernizing delivery of healthcare and professional development of physicians in less developed regions of Armenia and Karabakh.
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