In 2012, a National Children’s Heart Network, Gertrude, was established to improve the support for children and new-borns with suspected heart conditions. Thanks to the Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation, 35 of the Swedish hospitals with paediatric cardiology units have received an advanced video conferencing system with the ability to share stored ultrasound examinations during a video meeting. Gertrud gives newborn babies all over Sweden the opportunity to be assessed by specialists who can detect cardiac abnormalities early, recommend treatment or decide on emergency transportation to specialised units. Cardiac ultrasounds can even be performed on foetuses with suspected heart conditions to be able to discuss and conclude on the best strategy together with the experts. As a University Hospital, Nus is one of the nodes providing support to other hospitals, but this solution also allows paediatric cardiologist at Nus to consult colleagues in case of uncertainties.
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.