Networks, teamwork and other virtual support

The survey includes a number of applications that do not fit well within the above-mentioned categories. Common for many of these is that they involve multiple stakeholders or offer services beyond traditional healthcare. One such example is care appointments in psychiatry, which can involve insurance agencies as well as social services in addition to care providers and patients. Another example is community-based health rooms, which creates proximity to care in communities with considerable distances to traditional healthcare facilities.

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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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.…
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Already in 2000, the Department of Psychiatry in Västerbotten began utilizing videoconferencing in contacts with neighbouring units and non-healthcare partners. Organisational changes resulted in a significantly larger catchment area and the management realized that telemedicine was the only option to maintain good working relationships and proximity to patients and families.Today…
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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…
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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…
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The aim of collaborative care planning is management of information transfer and planning of a patients’ future care after admission from inpatient facilities. Already in the late 1990s, the first projects with video conference supported care planning were executed in Västerbotten County. Since then, this work model is routine practice…
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The Neonatal Unit at Nus cares for children in need of extra support and monitoring during early life. The unit has the whole Northern Healthcare Region as catchment area and many of the children need care for long periods, sometimes a long way from home. Before leaving the neonatal unit…
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The Interpretation Centre in Västerbotten offers support to people with deafness and blindness, and those suffering from a hearing imparement. In the middle of the 1990s, this centre started a project to offer writing interpretation remotely. The interpreter utilizes a video conferencing system or web cam and the patient watches…
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