When Telemedicine Does Deliver!


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When Telemedicine Does Deliver!. Donoso-Bach L. eHealth week 2010 (Barcelona: CCIB Convention Centre; 2010)

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When Telemedicine Does Deliver!

  1. 1. When telemedicine does deliver! Lluís Donoso-Bach, Barcelona/ES Professional Organisation Committee Chairman and ESR Executive Council member
  2. 2. The ICT situation in Catalonia Information Our vision Information • Telemedicine applications: Systems and clinical Systems information processing • Telediagnosis (27 centers) • Radiology 66,7% Connectivity, interoperability, Security telemedicine • Pathology 12,5% • Others 20,8% • Teleconsultation (20 centers) • Dermatology 43,8% • Cardiology 18,8% • Pediatrics 12,5% • Telemonitoring of chronics (8 centers) • Diabetes 37,5% • HTA 25,0% • EPOC 12,5%
  3. 3. • Teleradiology has a number of well-defined benefits which have already become established and recognised . • There are however many potential pitfalls, especially if teleradiology moves from its present highly specific role to a general method of service delivery.
  4. 4. Benefits • For those communities which lie at a considerable distance from a major centre and where there is insufficient work to justify the appointment of local radiologists. • Images of complex problems can be transmitted to major tertiary centres for evaluation and advice. • Tertiary centres can decide whether a patient needs transfer from the smaller hospital to the tertiary centre for treatment without unnecessary discomfort and disruption for the patient.
  5. 5. Benefits • To provide emergency reports on images where the local centre does not have sufficient radiologists to provide a 24hour cover. • Improved continuing professional development. • Permits users to view images in different locations simultaneously for the purpose of discussions.
  6. 6. Real and Potential Problems  Communication • Clinic-radiological communication • Team Working • Linguistic Problems • Wording of report and clinical impact  Access to Previous Examinations
  7. 7. Real and Potential Problems  Downstream Costs  Quality Control: • Learning from mistakes through participation in radiological discrepancy/error meetings • It is difficult for teleradiology services to have a proper feedback of the outcome and undertake satisfactory audit of their reports.
  8. 8. Real and Potential Problems  Legal issues: • The registration of the reporting doctors. • Appropriate CME • Properly trained • Abide EU Health and Safety legislation • Medico-legal liability • Consent • Jurisdiction • Patient Confidentiality • To comply with Euratom directive
  9. 9. Telemedicine Communication COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on telemedicine for the benefit of patients, healthcare systems and society Brussels, 4.11.2008 COM(2008)689 final
  10. 10. Telemedicine Communication  Aims of Telemedicine Communication: • Bringing legal clarity • Solving technical issues and facilitating market development • Building confidence in and acceptance of telemedicine services
  11. 11. Telemedicine Communication ESR Position: • Teleradiology is a medical act in its own right • Establish accreditation criteria for teleradiology providers that are homogenous throughout the EU • Emphasis on the importance of delivering high-quality healthcare to the patient • Cost savings must not come at the expense of quality or safety – international standards needed – careful monitoring of service providers
  12. 12. Telemedicine Communication ESR Position: • The regulation of telemedicine and teleradiology should be the responsibility of the member state where the patient undergoes the imaging procedure or telemedical referral • Legal clarity • Full information of patients & informed consent • Importance of interoperability and standardisation
  13. 13. Development of teleradiology LEGAL: ESR stresses the importance of bringing clarity. A legal framework related to teleradiology and common to all Member States would pave the way to the trusted development of teleradiology as a medical practice
  14. 14. Development of teleradiology TECHNOLOGY: Having the relevant ICT infrastructures (e.g. broadband availability for all) with consistent attention to the implementation of measures aimed at ensuring respect for the right to protection of personal data.
  15. 15. Development of teleradiology ORGANISATION: The introduction of teleradiology into clinical practice requires re-engineering of clinical pathways, medical protocols and management of human resources, with a noticeable impact on the overall healthcare-delivering system (both public and private). The ESR agrees that all stakeholders (including patient associations) should be alerted to the potential as well as the pitfalls of teleradiology.
  16. 16. www.myESR.org