In medicine, computer-applied technology enables the performance of many diagnostic investigations with their transfer to a receiving station for referral. The use of telemedicine appears particularly promising in cardiovascular disease, because the cost/effectiveness ratio of an early, tailored intervention, in terms of life-saving and functional recovery, is demonstrated. The development of telemedicine represents an advantage for the individual patient in terms of the interaction between primary and secondary care. In addition, general practitioners can gain educationally and so be equipped to handle more advanced medical problems, thus reducing the number of hospital follow-up appointments. Economic savings for the health service are a driving force. Evidence to date is that the patient seems satisfied and the general practitioner gains competence, but the extent to which telemedicine results in reduced follow-up appointments and economic savings is not yet established. The findings of studies, even if preliminary, have important implications for the design and implementation of the telemedicine service center within the health care system. Selection of patients, significant service reorganization and provision of logistic support for the setting up and functioning of the telemedicine center will be required for it to operate efficiently. Future research in this subject needs to be more scientifically organized, in order to achieve informed decisions about the appropriate use of this technology.
|Translated title of the contribution||Telemedicine and the relationship between hospital and primary care|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine