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In the last several months, the world’s health care systems have significantly been tested, as the new coronavirus spread swiftly across the globe, including a shortage of staff. But many have been sounding the alarm on an impending deficit of medical personnel for years, long before COVID-19 was a known disease. In 2017, a medical journal estimated that only half of the world’s countries meet the basic levels required for to deliver quality health care. And before that, in 2013, the World Health Organization estimated that the deficit of health care staff by 2030 would surpass 18 million – a…

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Timing can be everything! Who would have thought that a project conceived in 2019 would be so important and beneficial during the pandemic? Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital (SKMH) in Kampot, Cambodia was identified as a pilot site for a new HVO partnership with World Telehealth Initiative (WTI), a non-profit organization that utilizes telehealth technology to bring sustainable medical expertise to low-resource communities globally. When COVID-19 struck, SKMH contacted HVO for training in emergency medicine. Volunteers and learners had access to a small laptop and projected the lectures onto a screen. This posed a significant challenge as the microphone and speakers were attached to the laptop, making it difficult for learners to hear the lectures and for volunteers to hear questions. Additionally, volunteers were unable to see participants unless they were sitting directly in front of the computer. The solution to these challenges – a telehealth device. The WTI telehealth device…