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Telemedicine & eHealth

TM & eH at a glance
. Introduction
. What is TM & eH
. Definitions
. Examples
. Brief History
. Facts & Figures
. Types of Services
. Tools & Equipment
. Benefits
. Difficulties
. Future


Telemedicine & eHealth in Armenia

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The Future of Telemedicine & eHealth

[Adapted from UKeHA web-site; with changes]

Telemedicine and eHealth is likely to change delivery of medical and social care beyond all recognition. The technology is developing at a staggering pace and there will be developments we have not yet even dreamt of. Over the next few years, as eHealth is deployed more widely, one of the main challenges will be to manage the change that this will cause. There will be new ways of working which will cut across traditional boundaries. The boundaries between primary, secondary and social care will become blurred and eventually disappear. Medical and nursing staff will collaborate in new ways, with areas of responsibility being redefined.

There will be need to train and retrain staff on an ongoing basis. Some staff will need to relocate as, for example, some hospital departments become smaller and more care is delivered in the community. The days of paper based medical records and X-rays being on film are numbered. Staff in Medical Records departments are more likely to be running quality control programmes on electronic records than hunting for missing notes. A major change will be the increase in community based care, driven in part by the need to support an increasingly ageing population. The aged are large users of medical care. Most wish to remain at home rather than be in an institutional setting and eHealth will assist in this. eHealth can enable a patient's home to become a virtual hospital ward. Vital signs can be transmitted to monitoring centres, which can detect possible problems. A nurse, based in the monitoring centre could be available 24 hours a day to provide reassurance and advice. A GP or specialist could be contacted if there are signs causing concern. The need for hospital or nursing home care can therefore be minimised.

Electronic records will be developed in a way that makes them accessible, to those authorised to see them, at any time, from any location. Our medical history could also be stored in our multi-purpose "credit card". Integration of interactive digital television, computers and the Internet is likely to change how we access medical care. We will expect quality medical information to be available round the clock, from the comfort of our own home. How will health care systems adapt to this demand? Will patients with long-term health problems feed information from portable monitors into a medical channel at home, rather than visit a hospital clinic? Will facilities exist to allow us to use the home system to call up a relative who is in hospital and undertake routine virtual visits, to see someone who may be too far away to permit a face to face visit?

Developments in portable telephones will mean that mobile videotelephony becomes routine. Such technology has obvious applications for delivery of health and social care. Work is ongoing into incorporating health-monitoring devices into clothing. Link these to your videophone and no matter where you are, you could gain access to high quality medical advice. There will be considerable challenges posed by developments outlined above and by many others. The globalisation of communications will require standards to be developed to permit international Telemedicine and eHealth services. Issues such as data protection, legal status and licensing will require international agreements. For the individual and the state development of new services will pose challenges, but will also offer exciting opportunities to improve health care dramatically. At first we will do things differently, but the major benefits will come when we exploit these new opportunities fully and do different things differently.

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