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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Telemedicine Services: An Argument for Use in Africa, Haiti, and the U.S. Virgin Islands Healthcare Systems by Dr. Hugues F. Batsielilit is a compelling and important work of non-fiction that advocates for the implementation of telemedicine in the locations mentioned in the title. Dr. Hugues F. Batsielilit's informative book explains how telemedicine works and the dire need to change the way the healthcare systems operate in these areas, that they are sub-par at the moment and need to be revamped, with telemedicine at the forefront. The author clearly and succinctly offers information that shows how health is not a priority in these locations and that the technology in telemedicine can rehab their failing systems. Those living in these areas could have a higher level of care and deserve the same access as any other world citizen.
Dr. Hugues F. Batsielilit paints a clear picture of those suffering and even dying because they lack sufficient healthcare. This could be remedied with telemedicine. It sounds like a simple solution, and it makes one wonder about the barriers that keep it from happening, but the author explains the hurdles in ways a layperson can understand. It comes down to the willingness of those in power to want to make this leap. As this book points out, the idea doesn't belong to the author alone. He has many experts, specialists, and partners worldwide who share his goal, which, at this point in time, seems more like a dream than a reality. To be sure, the challenges are real, like counterfeit drugs, shortages of providers, politics, and regulations, and, as the book says, it comes down to time and money. I like the doctor's idea of community effort, if not world effort. I also like that he covers the risks that telemedicine can face, like scams, frauds, new diseases, etc. He looks at healthcare issues and telemedicine from many angles. For a sobering but hopeful look at the advantages that telemedicine can bring to these neglected areas, be sure to put Telemedicine Services by Dr. Hugues F. Batsielilit on your to-read list.