Digital divide hampering the proliferation of Teleneurology

nrneurol.2018.31-f1Teleneurology refers to the use of technology to provide neurological care,  ranging from the the use of educational programs and remote monitoring, to the simplicity of  telephone call enabled ambulances. The recent decade has seen a rise in the use of teleneurology, mirrored by the increased research output (see figure 1), most likely deduced to its unique ability to increase access to care, especially in the context of low and middle-income countries  (LMICs)[1]. Following the emergence of telehealth, teleneruology also advocates for the expansion and migration for care delivery from more traditional locations, such as hospitals and clinics to homes and devices – such as mobile phones and wearables. 

“The number of e-mails, phone and video encounters now exceeds the number of in-person clinic visits”

-Dorsey et al, 2018

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