The Centre for Rural Medicine, GMC, in Storuman has developed a new concept for improving proximity to healthcare for residents in rural and sparsely populated areas. In December 2013, the first health room was inaugurated in the small village of Slussfors, midway between the primary care facilities in Storuman and Tärnaby. In this unmanned health room, residents can measure blood pressure, glucose, haemoglobin, weight and INR. The results are automatically directly accessible via the patient's record. The room is also equipped with a video conferencing system that enables meetings with, for example, doctor, nurse, speech therapist or physiotherapist. A medical camera for closer examination of skin and throat can deliver support for assessments, and in 2016, the system will be complemented with a stethoscope that can stream heart and lung sounds in real time. A few hours every week, the citizens are offered assistance by municipality home care staff, who can facilitate the sampling and help with, for example dressing of wounds. The room is also a meeting place for many other professional and patient groups.
Today there is a policy decision that health rooms shall be established in 20 municipalities in the northern health region. In 2015, there are rooms available in Storuman municipality in Västerbotten and Ragunda and Bräcke municipalities in the county of Jämtland.
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.