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How We Help
Our core expertise lies in:
- e-Health Strategy Development
- Program Evaluation
- Outcomes – Proving ‘Value’
- Medical Education
- Awareness, Teaching, Education
- Environmental e-Health
- Disaster e-Health
e-Health is gaining prominence globally. But the experience and expertise required to appropriately Strategise, Plan, Design, Evaluate, and Implement e-Health solutions is not as global. NT Consulting provides support at key points in the e-Health ‘life-cycle’ (e-Health Strategy Development, and Demonstrating ‘Value’ [Evaluation and Outcomes]); and in several niche areas of expertise (Medical Education and e-Learning; Environmental e-Health; and Disaster e-Health).
The scope of our services varies, based upon your need. NT Consulting can provide you with:
- Short or comprehensive training sessions.
- Brief, one-time advice.
- Review of your proposed or current work.
- Hands-on assistance – working with you throughout a project.
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Countries are the architects of their own e-health settings. Good architects don’t begin with pre-conceived ideas or just design four walls and a roof – they take the time to understand what currently exists and what is required, and then create an entire setting that satisfies the identified needs. Before investing in e-health solutions, it is critical that the big picture be seen – where does the country or healthcare facility stand now (what is there to work with) and what are the health needs (what must the solution(s) address). NTC can help you effectively and efficiently research and develop your own needs-based, evidence-informed, and defensible e-health strategy for your country or your healthcare facility.
As an ‘opportunity cost’, e-health solutions must be evaluated before being implemented, and only those needs-based solutions demonstrated to be of value should be considered for adoption. NTC can provide independent evaluation, providing you – as a healthcare administrator or policy/decision-maker with the high quality and solid evidence you need to make critical decisions about spending already scarce healthcare resources on e-health solutions.
At this time there is no agreement on which quantitative or qualitative measures are most appropriate and valuable when evaluating or monitoring e-health applications. Often, data are collected for “low hanging fruit” – using indicators for which data are easily accessible, rather than carefully selected outcome indicators, measures, and tools that provide meaningful insight. NTC has collective experience on identifying practical and meaningful input, process, and outcome indicators that will accurately reflect the fundamental elements of the e-Health solution being assessed.
Healthcare professionals hold a privileged position in society. There is an expectation they are appropriately knowledgeable and skilled, allowing them to provide optimal care and advice to their patients. But how can there be certainty about the uptake and application of that knowledge and those skills, both during formal training and once formal training is complete? NTC can provide training and support for research initiatives that examine teaching methodologies and means of assessment (Medical Education), including use of available technology to facilitate effective virtual education of residents and clinicians.
Three types of learning are required to ensure a setting is ready and able to use e-Health solutions effectively and efficiently. There must be ‘awareness’ amongst the public in general and the healthcare community in particular about what e-Health is – and is not. There must be ‘teaching’ (e.g., certificate courses; CPD) of a smaller number of individuals to actually use specific e-Health solutions. And there must be ‘education’ (e.g., MSc, PhD) of an even smaller subset of individuals to perform research into technologically appropriate and culturally sensitive e-Health solutions. NTC can help with each of Awareness, Teaching, and Education.
Each and every e-health application, each and every piece of e-health related technology (hardware or software), has environmental impact. This reality is being ignored as we pursue ‘sustainable development’. But in the current climate of environmental concern ‘development’ that ignores or fails to mitigate potential environmental impact is unacceptable – and may not be ‘sustainable’!! We must become aware of, and responsive to, our global social responsibility. The goal is NOT to inhibit innovation, but to ensure it continues in an environmentally aware and responsible manner. NTC has unique experience in this field, and can help you raise awareness of environmental impact within your own organisation or country, and provide you with insight about how to remove or mitigate your impact.
Efficient and effective decisions can literally mean the difference between life and death in disaster response and preparedness settings. By integrating and coordinating urgent and responsive activities inside a high-stress disaster zone with information and experts outside of the disaster zone, better decisions can be made. In the realm of health, remote access to information and experts is achieved through application of information and communications technologies (ICT) – that is ‘e-Health’. NTC promotes use of e-health throughout the disaster management cycle, not just in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. We can help you design a Disaster Management Plan that incorporates e-Health, and can provide training and support for research initiatives that examine broad application of e-health to disaster.
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