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Revolutionizing Tropical Medicine "Point Of Care Tests New Imaging Technologies And Digital Health"

A comprehensive resource describing innovative technologies and digital health tools that can revolutionize the delivery of health care in low- to middle-income countries, particularly in remote rural impoverished communities

Revolutionizing Tropical Medicine offers an up-to-date guide for healthcare and other professionals working in low-resource countries where access to health care facilities for diagnosis and treatment is challenging. Rather than suggesting the expensive solution of building new bricks and mortar clinics and hospitals and increasing the number of doctors and nurses in these deprived areas, the authors propose a complete change of mindset. They outline a number of ideas for improving healthcare including rapid diagnostic testing for infectious and non-infectious diseases at a point-of-care facility, together with low cost portable imaging devices. In addition, the authors recommend a change in the way in which health care is delivered. This approach requires task-shifting within the healthcare provision system so that nurses, laboratory technicians, pharmacists and others are trained in the newly available technologies, thus enabling faster and more appropriate triage for people requiring medical treatment.

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- Describes the current burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases in low- to middle-income countries throughout the world
- Describes the major advances in healthcare outcomes in low-to middle-income countries derived from implementation of the United Nations/World Health Organisation""s 2000 Millennium Development Goals
- Provides a review of inexpensive rapid diagnostic point-of-care tests for infectious diseases in low-resource countries, particularly for people living in remote rural areas
- Provides a review of other rapid point-of-care services for assessing hematological function, biochemical function, renal function, hepatic function and status including hepatitis, acid-base balance, sickle cell disease, severe acute malnutrition and spirometry
- Explores the use of low-cost portable imaging devices for use in remote rural areas including a novel method of examining the optic fundus using a smartphone and the extensive value of portable ultrasound scanning when x-ray facilities are not available
- Describes the use of telemedicine in the clinical management of both children and adults in remote rural settings
- Looks to the future of clinical management in remote impoverished rural settings using nucleic acid identification of pathogens, the use of nanoparticles for water purification, the use of drones, the use of pulse oximetry and the use of near-infrared spectroscopy
- Finally, it assesses the potential for future healthcare improvement in impoverished areas and how the United Nations/World Health Organization 2015 Sustainable Development Goals are approaching this

Written for physicians, infectious disease specialists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers, as well as government healthcare managers, Revolutionizing Tropical Medicine is a new up-to-date essential and realistic guide to treating and diagnosing patients in low-resource tropical countries based on new technologies.

Section 1. The health of low- to middle-income countries today
1. The burden of communicable diseases in low- to middle-income countries today
2. The burden of non-communicable diseases in low- to middle-income countries today
Section 2. How to improve health care in low- to middle-income countries by primary point-of-care rapid diagnostic testing
3. The optimal features of a rapid point-of-care diagnostic test
4. Revolutionizing HIV healthcare delivery through rapid and point-of-care testing
5. Rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests for tuberculosis
6. Rapid diagnostic tests for syphilis
7. Point-of-care and near-point-of-care diagnostic tests for malaria: light microscopy, rapid antigen-detecting tests and nucleic acid amplification assays
8. Rapid diagnostic tests for human African trypanosomiasis
9. Rapid diagnostic tests for visceral leishmaniasis
10.A rapid diagnostic test for dengue
11. Rapid diagnostic tests for influenza
12. A rapid diagnostic test for Ebola virus disease
13. Rapid diagnostic tests for yaws
14. Rapid diagnostic tests for the detection of sickling hemoglobin
15. Progress toward the development of rapid diagnostic tests for lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis
Section 3. Other tests that can be performed rapidly at the primary-point-of care
16. Point-of-care testing for blood counts, HbA1c, renal function,electrolytes, acid-base balance and hepatitis
17. Microscopy skills: cell counts, Gram stains and blood films
18. India ink stain and cryptococcal antigen test for cryptococcal infection
19. Mid upper arm circumference tapes for assessment of severe acute malnutrition
20. Spirometry for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to inhalation of smoke from indoor fires used for cooking and heating
21. Point-of-care pulse oximetry for children in low-resource Settings
22. The use of near-infrared spectroscopy to monitor tissue oxygenation, metabolism and injury in low resource settings
Section 4. Cheap imaging technologies
23. The use of point-of-care ultrasound in the resource-limited setting
24. The use of obstetric ultrasound in low resource settings
25. Examining the optic fundus and assessing visual acuity and visual fields using mobile technology
Section 5. Telemedicine
26. Telemedicine for clinical management of adults in remote and rural areas
27. Telemedicine for the delivery of specialist pediatric services
28. Telemedicine in the diagnosis and management of skin diseases
29. Digital technology, including telemedicine, in the management of mental illness
30. The use of mobile chest x-rays for tuberculosis telemedicine
Section 6. The future
31. An introduction to digital health
32. Digital health in low and middle income countries
33. Nucleic acid detection of tuberculosis via innovative point-of- care nanotechnologies targeted for low resource settings
34. The use of functional nanoparticles for water purification
35. The use of drones in the delivery of rural healthcare
36. Implementation of point-of-care tests: lessons learnt
37. Useful electronic health care resources available for those working in remote settings
38. The future - how do we get from here to there?

KERRY ATKINSON is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research in Brisbane, Australia, and an Adjunct Professor in the Stem Cell Laboratories, Queensland University of Technology at the Translational Research Institute, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

DAVID MABEY is Professor of Communicable Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. He is a physician specializing in infectious and tropical diseases.
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