The proposal, which was honored at IEEE Healthcom 2013, involves the recording of patients’ vital signs using body sensors.
An article by the Telemedicine and e-Health Research Group at the University of Valladolid, which describes a system used to tele-monitor patients with chronic diseases and athletes, received the Best Paper Award at the 15th International Conference on E-Health Networking, Application & Services (IEEE Healthcom 2013), held in Lisbon.
The paper proposes constant monitoring of the vital signs of patients (blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing and others) through the use of shirts with wireless body sensors (WirelessBodySensors Networks, WBSN). Once the vital signs are obtained the data can be sent by 3G or WiFi to operations centers at hospitals or health services where the information will be processed.
The project was worked on by universities from Shanghai (China), Beira (Portugal) and Valladolid (Spain). It also involved members of the UVa Research team – who were in charge of the telematics aspect – which focuses on developing applications for mobile devices and all forms of terminal that do not need to be connected to a computer.
After a call to the emergency services, an Emergency Service Coordinator in the Canary Islands gave instructions over the telephone to help the baby’s father during the birth.
A doctor coordinating the Canary Islands’ Emergency Services (SUC) gave teleassistance during the birth of a baby. At the time of the birth, the parents were in the car on their way to the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria.
According to the SUC, part of the Canary Islands Public Healthcare Service, the couple made an emergency call to 112 to say that the woman was about to give birth in the family car, which was stopped on a motorway in the city of Tenerife.
Realizing that they weren’t going to make it to the hospital, the doctor who took the call provided instructions to the father to ensure that the birth was successful. Thus, remotely over the telephone, the coordinator helped the parents through the labor until the call was cut off. When they got back in contact to continue the telecare, the father said that the baby had been born.
The Scottish government, with local authorities and the National Health Service of Scotland, defined a vision and a roadmap for the usage of technology in an integrative way in health services.
Scotland is known in Europe as a visionary country of the integration of telemedicine. Knowing that innovation is a continuous process, the Scottish government developed a national plan to implement these technologies on 2015.
The objective of the long-term plan is to reach an increase of population’s well-being by 2020.
Scottish´s national plan of telemedicine implementation
The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activity (ABAE) says that satellite tools have allowed the development of telemedicine to increase the range of healthcare in rural areas and indigenous villages, providing remote medical services such as x-rays, ultrasound, MRI scans, mammograms, biopsies and videos, among other benefits.
Remote medical examinations, getting an education without having to attend class and obtaining satellite images of the community where you live is now possible in Venezuela thanks to the launch of the satellites Simon Bolivar and Miranda.
According to the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activity (Abae) these satellite tools have allowed for the development of telemedicine to extend the range of healthcare in rural areas and indigenous villages, providing medical services such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRI scans, and mammograms remotely, among other benefits.
In the case of tele-education, the tool connects remote areas to public centers such as infocenters, and also offers digital libraries and interaction by videoconference.
Providing transmission and storage of healthcare information via secure technologies, the eHealth solution makes it possible to monitor and treat patients, thus optimizing monitoring of their disease.
VitaLink, presented at the International MIHealth Salon in Barcelona, makes use of telemedicine to monitor treatment and care of patients with chronic diseases and is supported by the implementation of a communications and data transfer platform by HCDIS.
This Telehealth system operates in three stages: clinical, technical and analytical. It connects patients to healthcare professionals, administers and analyzes the information provided and provides a channel for everyday care-diagnosis-treatment. It also uses Planet Media interfaces to facilitate the integration of medical and mobile devices.
Thus, without there being any need to travel to a healthcare center, patients can get treatment and recommendations in real time, reminders to take their medication, and analyze their success in meeting objectives.
The services were implemented at Fermín Salaberry Hospital, located in the town of Victoria.
The Fermín Salaberry Hospital has joined the telemedicine network in the Province of Entre Ríos.
A few days ago, the Province’s Minister of Health held an event at the local hospital that addressed different issues including the Salaberry Hospital’s entry into the telemedicine network.
There is no fixed schedule for the implementation of the project at the hospital in Victoria, rather it is part of an ongoing process.
The Entre Ríos Telemedicine Network (RETER) is a communications network between hospitals and health centers in the province, the result of an agreement between the Ministry of Health and the Faculty of Engineering at UNER. For the moment the system is set up for medical consults: with clinical data and static images, for clinical decision making. Dynamic images are sent by conventional means.