The role of telemedicine and information technology in the redevelopment of medical systems: The case of Kosova

Telemed J E Health. 2006 Jun;12(3):332-40. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2006.12.332.


The medical system of Kosova was largely destroyed in 1999 by the departing Serbian forces, leaving behind Albanian physicians systematically excluded from advanced medical services for a decade and medical facilities severely damaged in the course of departure in a region with an infrastructure fragmented over the years. The medical system of Kosova can be analyzed for the effectiveness of the many efforts following the disruption of medical care in the 1990s. In this paper, the application of telemedicine and information is recounted. The medical system of Kosova was offered the concept of the International Virtual E-Hospital and this model was used to support, supplement, and guide a massive program development that involved essentially every physician and medical personnel in the region. Currently, the Telemedicine Center of Kosova (TCK) is providing information resources for medical education programs within the Kosova's medical system as well as regional and international consultations and collaboration. Furthermore, it is developing the human resources that will lead and implement telemedicine programs in this region and making serious strides in the redevelopment of medical systems using information technology.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries*
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration
  • Hospital Administration*
  • Humans
  • Information Systems / organization & administration*
  • International Cooperation
  • Program Development
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*
  • Yugoslavia