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International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society

Asynchronous Consultations for Movement Disorders

This program uses telemedicine to provide state-of-the-art access to care that is otherwise unavailable in underserviced regions in Africa.

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About the program

The ACMD supports African physicians in their treatment of movement disorders by providing telemedicine consultation from specialized experts across the globe. 

The project's unique asynchronous model overcomes geographic and time zone barriers: Access to secure communication channels and standardized evaluation protocols help local physicians collaborate with global experts without the need for real-time connection:

  • Local physicians in Africa can request consultation on a movement disorder case
  • A project manager connects each case to a specialized expert
  • Physicians share standardized exam information and reports via secure storage channels
  • The consulting physician advises referring physicians about diagnosis and treatment recommendations

The ACMD Project is externally managed by Dr. Mark Guttman. To participate or request more information please contact:


Program successes

  • Both referring and consulting physicians have expressed high satisfaction with the program since its pilot in 2015
  • An initial evaluation found that the telemedicine consultations impacted the evaluation and treatment in 80% of cases. 
  • It was awarded a Power of A Gold Award in 2018

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