Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Telepresence: Principals, Strategies, Applications, and New Directions by Dr. Rifat Latifi, Charles Doarn, and Dr. Ronald Merrell, was just released through Springer. Telemedicine and telehealth have consistently been shown to be effective for remote areas or limited-resource locations, regular medical and surgical practice, primary care, second opinion, extreme conditions, major crises, and […]

The following paper was written by Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS and published in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Telemedicine has the potential to provide rapid, safe, and high-quality care, but these virtual clinical services did not take center stage until the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In fact, the pandemic may well be […]

The following study was published through Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers. Background:Telemedicine systems increase access to care, particularly in remote and developing countries. Nationwide telemedicine programs in Cabo Verde and Albania have been built by the International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (IVeH) and based on the effective Initiate-Build-Operate-Transfer (IBOT) strategy. The aim of this study was […]

The International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (IVeH) (  has been working for last 20 years in Kosova, where it created the first telemedicine program in the Balkans. Now, the IVeH is proud to have engaged with local surgical organizations and local health authorities to establish the Kosova College of Surgeons (KCS).  IVeH is implementing this project […]

The Kosova College of Surgeons (KCS) has been established as a scientific and advocacy body that will lead the advancement of the discipline of surgery in Kosova. The  KCS will be modeled on the famed American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Kosova College of Surgeons is a non-profit scientific and educational association of surgeons that […]

Dr. Latifi was recently honored by the Westchester County Business Journal with a Doctors of Distinction award in the No Land Too Far category, recognizing his efforts to bring advanced medicine to people around the world VALHALLA, N.Y. (November 27, 2017) – While many physicians travel around the globe to treat patients in underdeveloped nations, […]

The Republic of Cabo Verde[1] is an island country consisting of an archipelago of 10 main islands and several smaller islands and islets. It is located 570 km of the coast of Western Africa, and is culturally contiguous with West African sub-Sahara countries. The country covers an area of 4,033 km2 and is home to […]

December 12, 2016, The International Virtual E-Hospital (IVeH) in cooperation with EPOS Health Management and Mediconsult will over the next 5 years assist the Viet Duc University Hospital (VDUH) in Hanoi, Vietnam to establish robust telemedicine services with 6 participating hospitals and to extend their services through use of a telemedicine network. The expected clinical […]

June 15, 2004 Large parts of the Balkans region known as Kosova (also called Kosovo) were destroyed five years ago during civil strife between Serbs and ethnic Albanians. In the devastated area, Dr. Rifat Latifi is building a “telemedicine” program that is one of the most technically advanced in the world. NPR’s Alex Chadwick speaks […]

Monday, Dec. 21, 2016 Noon College of Medicine – Tucson, room 8403 Telemedicine for Neurotrauma: Saving Brain and Saving Money – Albania’s Experience Sponsored jointly by: the Trauma Division of the Department of Surgery, the Arizona Telemedicine Program and the International Virtual e-Hosptial Foundation Contact: Sandra Patricia Barcelo, 626-6302,

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