A case study: Telemedicine technology and peritoneal dialysis in children

Luciana Ghio, Salvatore Boccola, Laura Andronio, Daniele Adami, Fabio Paglialonga, Gianluigi Ardissino, Alberto Edefonti

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We investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of a telemedicine system for monitoring pediatric patients undergoing automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) at home. The system uses modem-based communication between the patient's cycler and a computer in the dialysis unit, which allows data transmission and storage, and live patient-physician interaction by ISDN lines, modem, microphone with stereo speakers, and digital cameras for private videoconferencing and image capture. Two children aged 10 and 12 years, who live 1500 and 40 km from the dialysis unit, respectively, have been using the system for 7 months. All of the APD treatment data were stored and examined; 122 televisits were performed. The APD data show that both patients have complied with their dialysis prescription. The telemedicine system broadens patient/physician interchange and increases the quality of care and the life of children on peritoneal dialysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-359
Number of pages5
JournalTelemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Media Technology
  • Nursing(all)


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