Heart Institute Telemedicine and Telehealth Initiatives and Perspectives

  • Rosangela Simões Gundim ABTMS - Brazilian Association of Telemedicine and Telehealth
  • Carlos Alberto Pastore Heart Institute of Hospital das Clínicas of Medical Shcool of University os São Paulo
Keywords: Heart Institute (InCor), telemedicine, telehealth, tele-ECG.

Abstract

This is a brief report of the telemedicine and telehealth initiatives developed at the Heart Institute (InCor HC FMUSP) since 2009. The challenges to develop, implement and make the service operational are described. Support was received from the Telemedicine University Network of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the National Health Fund of Ministry of Health and a private donor to establish this Telemedicine and Telehealth Centre, making it possible for our students, professors and professionals to participate in activities at a distance, such as videoconferences, transmission of surgical procedures, web conferences and online courses. The Centre is also responsible for coordinating all local audio-visual resources available in our classrooms and amphitheatre, as well as producing videos.  Although the main focus of the Centre is education, the Centre provides support for the management of tele-ecg contracts, second opinion services and other opportunities for innovation in the field of telemedicine and telehealth. The current infrastructure has extended integration with other Services of the Institute, leading the acquisition of skills by health professionals, but the challenge remains of raising the awareness of collaborative work at a distance, implementing innovative healthcare services for remote monitoring of our patients with chronic conditions, and assessing their impact. It is mandatory to acquire and use new technologies to add value to patient care and, at the same time, get good return on investment.

Author Biography

Rosangela Simões Gundim, ABTMS - Brazilian Association of Telemedicine and Telehealth

Heart Institute

Telemedicine & Telehealth Director 

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Published
2017-07-07
How to Cite
Gundim, R., & Pastore, C. (2017). Heart Institute Telemedicine and Telehealth Initiatives and Perspectives. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 5, (GKR);e67:(1-4). Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/321
Section
Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates. Knowledge Resources. Vol. 10, 2017