The child and adolescence habilitation in Västerbotten offers advice, support and rehabilitation to children and adolescents with mental retardation, autism, physical disabilities or other severe disabilities. As the unit has a clear focus on removing barriers for people in their everyday life, video conferencing is used extensively to avoid unnecessary travel. Above all, it is used for transfer conferences and habilitation conferences that previously meant travels for some of the participants. Video meetings have also been used in the follow-up of acquired brain injuries and since a few years back, such an approach is also employed in the education of parents of children with cognitive and communication impairments. In addition to patients and parents, some of these activities in addition involve staff from schools (principals, student health), psychologists, social workers and physiotherapists. This work model saves time for the staff, which improves the availability and gives more time for follow-up of the patients. Moreover, as the unit has a county responsibility, the opportunity to use videoconference directly increases the availability of specialist teams to the county inhabitants.
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.