Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth 2021-10-16T17:31:04South Africa Standard Time Maurice Mars Open Journal Systems <p>The Journal of the International&nbsp; Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (<strong>JISfTeH</strong>) is an official journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth whose stated mission is to "Facilitate the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in <strong>Telemedicine</strong> and <strong>eHealth</strong> and provide access to recognised experts in the field worldwide." <strong>JISfTeH</strong> is a peer reviewed, open access, online journal that seeks to publish information on all aspects of eHealth activity and research from around the World. Its primary focus is on original research, critical reviews, preliminary communications and case reports. Scientific letters and letters to the editor are also welcomed. <strong>JISfTeH</strong> encourages&nbsp; submission of&nbsp; preliminary communications and short reports from developing countries. Papers are published online immediately on acceptance of the final galley proofs to ensure rapid access to new work.</p> <p><strong>Editors-in-Chief:</strong> Prof. Maurice Mars, and Prof. Richard E. Scott</p> <p><strong>Online ISSN:</strong>&nbsp;2308-0310</p> COVID-19 and eHealth: A Promise or Peril Paradox? 2021-01-13T11:01:21South Africa Standard Time Richard E Scott Maurice Mars <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 2021-01-06T00:00:00South Africa Standard Time ##submission.copyrightStatement## Patients Perceptions on Teledermatology Through Video-consulting During the Covid19-pandemic: Report on a Belgian Cohort 2021-08-16T10:25:29South Africa Standard Time Tom Hillary Petra De Haes Kyra Smets Marjan Garmyn Francisca Castelijns <p><strong>Objectives:</strong> In light of the Covid19-pandemic the Belgian government announced a quarantine period. Following the imposed guidelines, UZ Leuven responded swiftly by canceling all non-urgent ambulant consultations for a period of three weeks. Later, this was prolonged to a period of three months. This setting urged implementation of telemedicine. In this pilot study, we invited patients followed in our department for inflammatory skin diseases (psoriasis and atopic dermatitis) to substitute their cancelled appointment by a video-consult. Preparation of the consultation as well as the video-consultation itself were assessed by the patient through an online questionnaire.</p> <p><strong>Material and methods:</strong>&nbsp; A live-interaction teledermatology service was offered by email to patients in follow-up for inflammatory skin diseases who had an appointment scheduled that was cancelled because of the Covid19-pandemic. Patients who accepted the invitation received instructions on how to prepare for the video-consultation. After the video-consultation they received a link to an anonymous online questionnaire.</p> <p><strong>Results:</strong> In total, 100 patients received an invitation by email to replace the cancelled appointment by a video-consultation. 42 patients agreed to participate in video-consultation. The questionnaire was completed by 30 patients. Overall, patients did not report technical difficulties before or during the video-consultation. Satisfaction with the video-consult was high. Most of the participants were inclined to accept another invitation in the future.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion:</strong> The Covid19 pandemic prompted rapid implementation of video-consultation in the UZ Leuven dermatology department. It was assessed as an acceptable replacement given the circumstances. Most patients estimated the visual support an added value and were open to repeat video-consulting in the future.</p> 2021-08-16T10:25:27South Africa Standard Time ##submission.copyrightStatement## Scaling Up Digital Health In Conflict Countries 2021-01-13T11:01:20South Africa Standard Time Isaac Iyinoluwa Olufadewa Miracle Ayomikun Adesina 2021-01-04T09:48:24South Africa Standard Time ##submission.copyrightStatement## Unhelpful Helplines: Inaccessibility for the Deaf 2021-10-16T17:31:04South Africa Standard Time Sharad Philip Nirmalya Mukherjee Raviteja Innamuri V.N. Renuka <p>The COVID pandemic has unleashed several developments in the field of telemedicine including the emergence of several helplines. However, those who are D/deaf do not have accessibility to these services due to their disability. This letter focuses on this issue along with possible solutions for rendering these services to this community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2021-10-16T17:31:02South Africa Standard Time ##submission.copyrightStatement## COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Telehealth Growth in India: Some Insights 2021-01-13T11:01:21South Africa Standard Time Imon Chakraborty P. Vigneswara Ilavarasan Sisira Edirippulige <p>Telehealth is being rapidly embraced to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis across the world. Despite being a biggest exporter of software services, India has not been a big adopter of telehealth. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the Indian government to assess the current assets and facilitate the establishment and use of telehealth throughout the country. Different telehealth initiatives are being undertaken in the existing public and private healthcare institutions and patients are increasingly embracing the services. We briefly highlight the potential role played by the start-ups in addressing the challenges.&nbsp;</p> 2021-01-04T00:00:00South Africa Standard Time ##submission.copyrightStatement##