Assessment and analysis of territorial experiences in digital Tele-echocardiography

Enrico Frumento, Cesare Colombo, Gabriella Borghi, Cristina Masella, Paolo Zanaboni, Paolo Barbier, Dario Cavoretto

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Abstract

Nowadays digital ultrasound-cardiovascular devices are able to send out directly digital images and films. Thanks to the large adoption of such devices, the echocardiographic world is facing new ways of exchanging images and collaborating. What we present in this paper is a review of the experimental projects carried in Lombardy, meant to support the work of specialists by means of second opinion and telemedicine services. On the medical point of view echocardiography is a widely used activity where operators are perfectly accustomed to do repetitive operations and steps. Tele-echocardiography (T-E) introduces new methods and technologies into stable and everyday medical practice, causing disruptions either on the side of the specialists' way of working or on the new opportunities and service. Introducing such a service means to properly model it in order to reduce the changes in the operators' way of working while maximizing the benefits. A proper method of modelling the operators' needs is then a key factor which must be correctly addressed. This paper will present some successful projects and the assessment procedure but it will also discuss a possible service modelling method, which has been adopted for the described experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-371
Number of pages9
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Volume45
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Echocardiography
  • Technology assessment
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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