Telemedicine - Islands project cost-effectiveness and cost-comparison analysis

M. Bracale, M. Cesarelli, A. Pepino, P. Bifulco

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Abstract

Telemedicine can provide great improvements to the health care delivery in islands and remote areas, where it can bring high-quality care, often not or poorly available. The islands of Procida and Ischia, in the gulf of Naples, are well known resort in South Italy. The little hospital of Ischia and especially the outpatient department of Procida are not always equipped to face all clinical cases. Regularly, the patients from Procida were directly transferred to the mainland, even only for diagnosis. The small dimension of the health service structures is related to the little population of the islands. This problem is more perceived during the summer season with the tourist increment of populations. A cardiological and radiological video-teleconsulting system, which connects the two islands to mainland hospitals (Pozzuoli and Giugliano), has been established. This telemedicine network allows a 24-hour connection between the main hospitals of Pozzuoli and Giugliano and the islands' health centres. This telemedicine solution aims to provide a prompt and qualified health service in the islands, and to reduce the risks and the costs of patient transportation to the mainland. Technology Assessment activities are carried out in order to evaluate and measure the performances of the specific telemedicine solution during its operative work. The preliminary results are promising, waiting for more extensive data to carry out cost-effectiveness analysis, a cost-comparison analysis was attempted. This project represents a pilot and demonstration site for future applications of telemedicine in emergency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
EditorsJ.D Enderle
Pages1364-1367
Number of pages4
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Event22nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jul 23 2000Jul 28 2000

Other

Other22nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period7/23/007/28/00

Keywords

  • Emergency
  • Technology Assessment
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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