In the late 1990s, child and adolescent psychiatry in Northern Sweden began utilizing videoconferencing in their work. Today, such technology is used in many different applications, primarily administrative but also in family conversations and start-up conversations before treatment and, to a limited extent, in personal meetings with patients and families. Video support is also used for planning and monitoring efforts together with children and parents, in collaboration with schools and social services. Professional groups concerned are, e.g., social workers, psychologists, nurses, attendants and doctors. Video conferencing is also used for tutoring or consultations between staff in relation to individual patient cases.
Some of the benefits identified are reduced travel and the ability to have more meetings, leading to better quality and collaboration management for doctors and other groups of staff. It also provides access to specific competences, such as dieticians supporting treatment of eating disorders. Skills transfer within the team is another advantage mentioned.
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.