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In low- and middle-income countries, insufficient access to medical care undermines health outcomes and disadvantages entire generations.In a remote corner of Ghana, one "telemedicine" program illustrates just how effective digital care can be when coverage is extended to those on the medical margins.The program, designed in collaboration with global telecommunications providers, universities and NGOs, initially covered 30 rural communities and connected some 35,000 people to health care professionals through a staffed call center.That work was completed last month, and today, six call centers staffed by hundreds of medical professionals are in operation, bringing affordable medical expertise to an estimated 6 million people.With this commitment, Ghana is making a bold statement: Telemedicine holds the key to expanding universal health coverage, a primary objective of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals that Ghana hopes to meet by 2020, 10 years ahead of the target date. In developed countries, too, telemedicine is revolutionizing how patients interact with medical professionals. For any telemedicine program, multisector collaboration is crucial.
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