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CCRDF’s Final Program – Telemedicine

November 21, 2011

The Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund is implementing its final legacy in the medical field – Ukraine’s first expansive telemedicine program.  CCRDF chose this program because it is the best investment the Fund can make for the future of Ukraine.

In February 2011, CCRDF piloted a telemedicine project in Kherson Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital.  Cardiologist Dr. Tamila Kozina of the Kherson Hospital says, “Thanks to the donated telemedicine equipment, our hospital has become a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart diseases.  In the first seven months, 39 patients with congenital heart defects were consulted online; 13 critical patients were transported and underwent operations in the Ukrainian Children’s Cardiac Center in Kyiv.  Further, telemedicine allows our specialists to participate in weekly cardiac conferences that take place at the Kyiv cardiac center.”

CCRDF Founder and President Dr. Zenon Matkiwsky explains the process of how the innovative program works, “Using precision probes, the ultrasound captures the image of the pediatric patient’s beating heart, abdomen, brain, or the pregnant woman’s developing fetus.  Then, the sophisticated telemedicine software and equipment transfer the defined image via high-speed internet to any location in the world for an instant consultation.”

In September, following the pilot project in Kherson, CCRDF nominated seven doctors from the Fund’s partner hospitals to participate in a two week medical education program.  This Open World program, administered by American Councils and sponsored by the U.S. government, allowed the Ukrainian doctors to familiarize themselves with telemedicine at leading U.S. hospitals.

CCRDF’s program will connect 13 select partner hospitals located throughout Ukraine: Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kherson, Kyiv, Lutsk, Lviv, Poltava, Rivne, and Volodymyrets.  The fulfillment of the program will include the purchase, installment, and training of doctors on the essential pieces of equipment, specifically the ultrasound with its multiple probes and the computer, high-tech screen, and audio system.

To maximize the potential of this far-reaching program, CCRDF invites the public to make one final tax-deductible contribution to CCRDF by January 31, 2012.  100% of the gift will be added to the funds already earmarked for the completion of the telemedicine program.