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Diego Ossandón, Mario Zanolli, Ricardo Stevenson, Ricardo Agurto, Paula Ortiz, Gad Dotan
PURPOSE: To report the results of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) screening by a telemedicine system in Chile and evaluate its usefulness for referring patients who require treatment. METHODS: Premature infants at risk of developing ROP from 11 neonatal intensive care units were included. Screening was performed on all infants born at a gestational age of <32 weeks and/or birth weight of <1500 g. A trained nonphysician operator used an imaging system to capture retinal images, which were reviewed by two independent ROP experts...
March 10, 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Onintza Garmendia, Monique C Suarez-Giron, Marta Torres, Josep M Montserrat
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March 9, 2018: Archivos de Bronconeumología
Pablo Martínez, Graciela Rojas, Vania Martínez, María Asunción Lara, J Carola Pérez
BACKGROUND: Internet-based interventions for depression may be a valuable resource to reduce the treatment gap for those living in developing countries. However, evidence comes mainly from developed countries. This systematic review summarized the evidence on preventive or therapeutic Internet-based interventions for depression for people who reside in developing countries. METHODS: CINAHL, EMBASE, PubMed, SciELO Citation Indexes, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and the Telemedicine and e-Health journal, were searched up to June 2017, to identify feasibility or effectiveness studies of preventive or therapeutic Internet-based interventions for depression, with or without human support...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
A Pablo Juárez, Amy S Weitlauf, Amy Nicholson, Anna Pasternak, Neill Broderick, Jeffrey Hine, J Alacia Stainbrook, Zachary Warren
Increasing access to diagnostic services is crucial for identifying ASD in young children. We therefore evaluated a telemedicine assessment procedure. First, we compared telediagnostic accuracy to blinded gold-standard evaluations (n = 20). ASD cases identified via telemedicine were confirmed by in-person evaluation. However, 20% of children diagnosed with ASD in-person were not diagnosed via telemedicine. Second, we evaluated telediagnostic feasibility and acceptability in a rural catchment. Children (n = 45) and caregivers completed the telemedicine procedure and provided feedback...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Flora Tzelepis, Christine L Paul, Robert W Sanson-Fisher, H Sharon Campbell, Kenneth Bradstock, Mariko L Carey, Anna Williamson
Due to fewer cancer services in rural locations, rural survivors may have unique unmet needs compared to urban survivors. This study compared among rural and urban haematological cancer survivors the most common "high/very high" unmet supportive care needs and the unmet need scores for five domains (information, financial concerns, access and continuity of care, relationships and emotional health). Survivors' socio-demographics, rurality, cancer history and psychological factors associated with each unmet need domain were also explored...
March 10, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Prem N Ramkumar, Heather S Haeberle, Sergio M Navarro, Assem A Sultan, Michael A Mont, Eric T Ricchetti, Mark S Schickendantz, Joseph P Iannotti
BACKGROUND: Mobile technology offers the prospect of delivering high-value care with increased patient access and reduced costs. Advances in mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine have been inhibited by the lack of interconnectivity between devices and software and inability to process consumer sensor data. The objective of this study was to preliminarily validate a motion-based machine learning software development kit (SDK) for the shoulder compared with a goniometer for 4 arcs of motion: (1) abduction, (2) forward flexion, (3) internal rotation, and (4) external rotation...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Umakanth Katwa, Estefania Rivera
Asthma is the most common chronic pediatric condition. Effective asthma management requires a proactive and inclusive approach that controls the patient's symptoms and prevents recurrence of exacerbations. Clinicians should encourage patients to become involved in their management since self-management approaches have proven to be an effective means for chronic illness treatment. Novel forms of self-monitoring and management are technological interventions. In the last decade, novel technology has been developed and used to improve asthma control since it is a powerful agent that addresses a variety of challenges in chronic disease management such as education, communication and adherence...
March 10, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Wojciech M Glinkowski, Maria Karlińska, Michał Karliński, Elizabeth A Krupiński
The aim of this study is to present a review based on the literature and proceedings from selected telemedicine conferences. The review was developed using the PRISMA framework. The Embase and PubMed (updated until July 13, 2015) literature databases were searched for telemedicine-related terms and Poland. The literature search identified 129 eligible articles in the databases and 85 in conference proceedings until July 2015. Articles measured as a number of contributions per year presented a similar rising, fluctuating and almost parallel pattern...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Ashish Atreja, Emamuzo Otobo, Karthik Ramireddy, Allyssa Deorocki
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mobile apps are now increasingly used in conjunction with telemedicine and wearable devices to support remote patient monitoring (RPM). The goal of this paper is to review the available evidence and assess the scope of RPM integration into standard practices for care and management of chronic disease in general and, more specifically, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). RECENT FINDINGS: RPM has been associated with improvements in health outcomes and indicators across a broad range of chronic diseases...
March 7, 2018: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Joshua P Totty, Amy E Harwood, Tom Wallace, George E Smith, Ian C Chetter
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to assess whether a clinician reviewing photographs of a wound was an acceptable substitute for clinical review in order to identify or exclude surgical site infection (SSI). METHOD: We undertook a mixed methods study consisting of a qualitative public involvement exercise and a prospective, non-randomised, single-centre study of patients undergoing clean or clean-contaminated vascular surgery. For the qualitative study, two semi-structured focus group interviews were conducted...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Naser Kalid, A A Zaidan, B B Zaidan, Omar H Salman, M Hashim, O S Albahri, A S Albahri
This paper presents a new approach to prioritize "Large-scale Data" of patients with chronic heart diseases by using body sensors and communication technology during disasters and peak seasons. An evaluation matrix is used for emergency evaluation and large-scale data scoring of patients with chronic heart diseases in telemedicine environment. However, one major problem in the emergency evaluation of these patients is establishing a reasonable threshold for patients with the most and least critical conditions...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
E Parimbelli, B Bottalico, E Losiouk, M Tomasi, A Santosuosso, G Lanzola, S Quaglini, R Bellazzi
OBJECTIVES: The main purpose of the article is to raise awareness among all the involved stakeholders about the risks and legal implications connected to the development and use of modern telemedicine systems. Particular focus is given to the class of "active" telemedicine systems, that imply a real-world, non-mediated, interaction with the final user. A secondary objective is to give an overview of the European legal framework that applies to these systems, in the effort to avoid defensive medicine practices and fears, which might be a barrier to their broader adoption...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Leandro Abraham, Facundo Bromberg, Raymundo Forradellas
BACKGROUND: Muscle activation level is currently being captured using impractical and expensive devices which make their use in telemedicine settings extremely difficult. To address this issue, a prototype is presented of a non-invasive, easy-to-install system for the estimation of a discrete level of muscle activation of the biceps muscle from 3D point clouds captured with RGB-D cameras. METHODS: A methodology is proposed that uses the ensemble of shape functions point cloud descriptor for the geometric characterization of 3D point clouds, together with support vector machines to learn a classifier that, based on this geometric characterization for some points of view of the biceps, provides a model for the estimation of muscle activation for all neighboring points of view...
February 21, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Michelle Boltz, Norma G Cuellar, Casey Cole, Brent Pistorese
Introduction Since 2010, more than 75 rural hospitals have closed in the USA and more than one-third are at risk of closure due to lower patient volumes, lower funding levels, decreased hospital revenue and lower physician employment pools. Telemedicine can provide new models of care delivery that maintain quality and reduce cost of healthcare in rural populations. The purpose of this project was to evaluate a cross-organizational pilot program by comparing a NP/telemedicine physician hospitalist programme with a traditional physician hospitalist model to assess effects on length of patient stay, mortality rates, readmission rate, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) ratings of provider communication, and total hospital costs...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Angela Tedesco, Valentina Lavermicocca, Marilina Notarnicola, Luca De Francesco, Anna Rita Dellomonaco
The process of medical-healthcare technological revolution represents an advantage for the patient and for the care provider, in terms of costs and distances reduction. The telehomecare approach could be useful for monitoring the swallowing disorder in neurodegenerative diseases, preventing complications. In this study the applicability of telemedicine techniques for the monitoring of swallowing function, in patients affected by Huntington's disease (HD), was evaluated through the acquisition and analysis of the sound of swallowing...
February 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Carmen Pérez-Gandía, Gema García-Sáez, David Subías, Agustín Rodríguez-Herrero, Enrique J Gómez, Mercedes Rigla, M Elena Hernando
BACKGROUND: In type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), patients play an active role in their own care and need to have the knowledge to adapt decisions to their daily living conditions. Artificial intelligence applications can help people with type 1 diabetes in decision making and allow them to react at time scales shorter than the scheduled face-to-face visits. This work presents a decision support system (DSS), based on glucose prediction, to assist patients in a mobile environment. METHODS: The system's impact on therapeutic corrective actions has been evaluated in a randomized crossover pilot study focused on interprandial periods...
March 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Hisanao Akiyama, Yasuhiro Hasegawa
RATIONALE: Video-based treatment in telemedicine is a potential alternative to face-to-face treatment. We describe our trial use of telemedicine to treat a patient with primary headache. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 25-year-old woman visited our branch hospital with a chief complaint of recurrent headache. Our branch hospital had no headache specialist, so a headache specialist at our main hospital provided treatment remotely. DIAGNOSES: She was diagnosed with migraine without aura by the headache specialist using telemedicine...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kunj Bhatt, Ali Pourmand, Neal Sikka
INTRODUCTION: Advances in technology have revolutionized the medical field and changed the way healthcare is delivered. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the next wave of technological advancements that have the potential to make a huge splash in clinical medicine. UAVs, originally developed for military use, are making their way into the public and private sector. Because they can be flown autonomously and can reach almost any geographical location, the significance of UAVs are becoming increasingly apparent in the medical field...
February 28, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Georgios Labiris, Eirini-Kanella Panagiotopoulou, Vassilios P Kozobolis
A systematic review of the recent literature regarding a series of ocular diseases involved in European telemedicine projects was performed based on the PubMed, Google Scholar and Springer databases in June 2017. Literature review returned 44 eligible studies; among them, emergency ophthalmology, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular disease, cataract and retinopathy of prematurity. The majority of studies indicate teleophthalmology as a valid, reliable and cost-efficient method for care-provision in ophthalmology patients which delivers comparable outcomes to the traditional examination methods...
2018: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Nathan Lo, Jorge Antonio Gutierrez, Rajesh V Swaminathan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review is to describe the benefits and limitations of robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the most important and recent clinical data, and the future applications as robotic technology continues to develop. RECENT FINDINGS: Robotic-assisted PCI can reduce occupational hazards of ionizing radiation exposure and orthopedic injury to the interventional cardiologist while offering increased precision and fine control that may confer benefit to the patient...
February 24, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
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