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Implementing transnational telemedicine solutions: A connected health project in rural and remote areas of six Northern Periphery countries

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Show simple item record Casey, Monica Hayes, Patrick S. Heaney, David J. Dowie, Lee ÓLaighin, Gearóid Matero, Matti Hun, Soo Knarvik, Undine Alrutz, Kate Eadie, Leila Glynn, Liam G. 2020-08-31T15:09:23Z 2020-08-31T15:09:23Z 2013
dc.identifier.issn 1381-4788
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This is the first article in a Series on collaborative projects between European countries, relevant for general practice/family medicine and primary healthcare. Telemedicine, in particular the use of the Internet, videoconferencing and handheld devices such as smartphones, holds the potential for further strides in the application of technology for the delivery of healthcare, particularly to communities in rural and remote areas within and without the European Union where this study is taking place. The Northern Periphery Programme has funded the 'Implementing Transnational Telemedicine Solutions' (ITTS) project from September 2011 to December 2013, led by the Centre for Rural Health in Inverness, Scotland. Ten sustainable projects based on videoconsultation (speech therapy, renal services, emergency psychiatry, diabetes), mobile patient self-management (physical activity, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease) and home-based health services (medical and social care emergencies, rehabilitation, multi-morbidity) are being implemented by the six partner countries: Scotland, Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway and Sweden. In addition, an International Telemedicine Advisory Service, created for the project, provides business expertise and advice. Community panels contribute feedback on the design and implementation of services and ensure 'user friendliness'. The project goals are to improve accessibility of healthcare in rural and remote communities, reducing unnecessary hospital visits and travel in a sustainable way. Opportunities will be provided for comparative research studies. This article provides an introduction to the ITTS project and how it aims to fulfil these needs. The ITTS team encourage all healthcare providers to at least explore possible technological solutions within their own context. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher European Society of General Practice & Taylor and Francis Open en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of General Practice;19, pp. 52-58
dc.subject rural healthcare en_US
dc.subject eHealth en_US
dc.subject smartphone en_US
dc.subject telemedicine en_US
dc.subject videoconferencing en_US
dc.title Implementing transnational telemedicine solutions: A connected health project in rural and remote areas of six Northern Periphery countries en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2020-08-31T15:05:35Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.3109/13814788.2012.761440
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2859305
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal Of General Practice
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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