Cabo Verde was considered an ideal location to implement the Integrated Telemedicine and e-Health Program. The country had only 282 doctors and 87 nurses. There were just over 1,000 hospital beds, spread out across the country's sparse islands. Patients seeking medical treatment often had to travel long distances by boat and spend valuable resources to access basic healthcare services. The innovative program would allow for the remote treatment of patients through the use of telecommunications technology.
In 2012, IveH and its partner organizations implemented the telemedicine and e-health program, which saw 11 telemedicine centers built on nine of the country’s islands. Training was provided to a majority of the country’s medical staff to help them support critical telemedicine disciplines such as telecardiology, teledermatology, psychiatry, and neurology. The staff was trained to use video conferencing and teleconsulting to support clinical activity. These telemedicine centers provide the island’s citizens easier and less expensive access to quality healthcare services.