Virtual medical appointments

Virtual medical appointments supported by video-conferencing and medical equipment with ability to transfer digital images, video or audio are today offered at many units. The number of such services is rapidly increasing in scope and frequency, and this survey includes areas, such as rheumatology, cardiology, dermatology and paediatrics. Remote appointments are offered mainly for residents in the county but are also available in some clinics providing nation-wide services or services to patients from the Northern Healthcare Region.

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.

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The Haematology Section at Nus is responsible for delivering highly specialized haematology care to all patients in Northern Sweden. Activities include regular follow-ups and drug recommendations, which today is also offered directly to patients in their homes using video services. Some patients need follow-ups as frequently as twice a week…
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The Centre for Cardiovascular Genetics, CKG, is a research centre operating within a partnership between the Heart Centre, the Centre for Medicine, the Child and Youth Clinic and Laboratory Medicine. The vision of CKG is to prevent morbidity and mortality in hereditary cardiovascular disease by offering families diagnostics, genetic counselling,…
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Many sparsely populated municipalities in the Västerbotten County have difficulties recruiting medical professionals to the primary care. The problem is also evident in urban primary care facilities, but to a lesser extent. These units are thus often dependent on temporarily hired physicians, a situation which entail unnecessary high costs, affect…
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Ultrasound examination of the heart, known as echocardiography, is of major importance to establish or rule out certain heart diseases. Echocardiography is only offered at the county's hospitals and to address this limitation, researchers from Skellefteå hospital have developed a method whereby a cardiac ultrasound examination can be executed from…
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The paediatric cardiology unit at Nus offers virtual appointments to children with suspected heart conditions at Sunderby and Gällivare hospitals. The approach started as a pilot in 2014 and will be implemented in regular activities in 2016. The procedure and technical solution is the same as in a work model…
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