Consultation between health professionals based on video conferencing was the first example of modern telemedicine in Västerbotten County. Today, structured consultations are common in a variety of areas and include services between hospitals as well as between hospitals and primary care. In addition, consultant services and emergency support is provided between some of the primary care driven cottage hospitals in the more sparsely populated areas with limited GP staffing. The survey includes applications such as emergency assistance at childbirth, tele-dermatoscopy, psycho-geriatric specialist consultations and consultations for children with isolated cleft palate. The technology used is primarily videoconferencing in various forms and medical devices that can store and/or transfer digital photos, video and audio in a store-forward or real-time manner. Consultation services are provided to units within the county, but certain units offer services also to healthcare facilities in the northern healthcare region or nationally.
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.