Developing e-Health Capabilities in Bhutan

Publication | June 2014

Information and communication technology facilitates the efficient delivery of health-care services to rural communities.

This issue describes how a partnership among ADB, the Government of Bhutan, and Hewlett-Packard used technology to improve delivery of health care services to rural people living in remote locations.

Highlights

  • In Bhutan, patients incur high costs to reach health care centers. This spurred the Royal Government of Bhutan to explore innovative approaches to providing quality health care.
  • ADB partnered with Bhutan in 2013 to pursue electronic approaches that address rural connectivity deficits in a cost-efficient way. These include e-Health and Television White Space.
  • The pilot demonstrated how countries can use technologies to improve provision and delivery of health care services. Faster medical diagnoses help patients receive timely and much-needed medical treatment.