Tele-Nursing: Albania and Cabo Verdean nurses establish a joint agenda for action
On Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 the two integrated telemedicine and e-health networks in Albania and Cape Verde met with a very particular purpose. Tens of nurses in both countries elaborated a joint action plan for a virtual education program that will cover the whole year 2014. The program will consist of monthly lectures that aim to increase the knowledge and skills of nurses in dealing with patients recovered in intensive care units. Ms. Kimete Kadesha, the President of the Albanian Association of Neuroscience Nurses and Tele-Nursing Coordinator of the Integrated Telemedicine and e-Health Program of Albania (ITeHP-AL) presented the outline of the program, including its goals and objectives. This event is not the first attempt to coordinate the activity of the Integrated Telemedicine and e-Health Programs in Albania and Cape Verde. The two programs are both implemented by the International Virtual e-Hospital (IVeH), funded by USAID (Albania) and the Government of Slovenia through ITF (Cape Verde) and are fully interoperable. Both are implemented based on the IVeH’s Initiate-Build-Operate-Transfer strategic approach for implementing telemedicine and e-health in developing countries and are cited as great success stories in the respective countries. “The involvement of nurses is key to the success of any telemedicine program, in any part of the world” – said Prof. Rifat Latifi, IVeH President and Director to both programs. He congratulated Ms. Kadesha and her leadership team of the Tele-Nursing Program in Albania and encouraged the Cabo Verdean participants to think of establishing a similar structure. The training program in Albania will start the last week of January 2014, whereas in Cape Verde the first week of February 2014. All lectures will be translated in Portuguese and delivered in real time as part of the approved program.