Multidisciplinary conferences, also called multi-disciplinary rounds, belong to a work model in which different professionals jointly decide on the best treatment strategy for individual patients. Such conferences are conducted extensively at the University Hospital of Umeå, henceforth called Nus. Many rounds are local, but more and more frequently they have come to involve participants from other hospitals in the northern healthcare region joining the conference using videoconferencing technology. Some conferences are also national in character.
Participants typically connect to these conferences using advanced videoconferencing system enabling sharing of information from multiple sources, such as X-ray images, pathology specimens and health record entries. The majority of all conferences address cancer and participants represent a wide range of specialties, including surgery, oncology, radiology, pathology, medicine, orthopaedics, ear nose and throat, dental care, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, gynaecology and clinical physiology. There are also rounds involving single professionals within a specific field, such as dermatology. Many of the conferences are similar in character and only a small selec-tion is included in this survey.
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.