The Haematology Section at Nus is responsible for delivering highly specialized haematology care to all patients in Northern Sweden. Activities include regular follow-ups and drug recommendations, which today is also offered directly to patients in their homes using video services. Some patients need follow-ups as frequently as twice a week and many need follow-ups for life.
Before the visit, the patient leaves a blood sample at their nearest primary care unit and at the time of the appointment, connects using their personal computer and webcam to the specialist at Nus. Replacing some of the face-to-face visits for remote visits has proven beneficial for both the patient and the healthcare provider. Many of the patients are vulnerable to infection, and avoiding travel means avoiding unnecessary risk of infection. However, the model also results in financial benefits as patients otherwise have to travel alone in a taxi subsidised by the county council. Moreover, for some patients a routine visit to Nus requires over 100 km of travel and two to three days absence from home and work. The service was run as a pilot project in the fall of 2014 with support from the Regional Cancer Centre and is now introduced in routine practice.
This text has been originally released in the following report: Telemedicine Survey in the County Council of Västerbotten -An analysis of the present situation, conditions and areas of improvement.