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Emergency + telemedicine

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
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
Moneeb Akhtar, Paul G Van Heukelom, Azeemuddin Ahmed, Rachel D Tranter, Erinn White, Nathaniel Shekem, David Walz, Catherine Fairfield, J Priyanka Vakkalanka, Nicholas M Mohr
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine allows patients to connect with healthcare providers remotely. It has recently expanded to evaluate low-acuity illnesses such as pharyngitis by using patients' personal communication devices. The purpose of our study was to compare the telemedicine-facilitated physical examination with an in-person examination in emergency department (ED) patients with sore throat. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, blinded diagnostic concordance study of patients being seen for sore throat in a 60,000-visit Midwestern academic ED...
February 22, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Á Estella, F Aranda Aguilar, R Alonso Avilés, M Liñán López, B Gros Bañeres
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the degree of implementation of the protocolized care for acute stroke in the Spanish emergency departments and to discuss the territorial differences in the treatment of stroke. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multicenter national survey conducted to evaluate the current treatment of ischemic stroke in emergency departments. The main variables analyzed were focused at evaluating the participation of ERs in the performance of thrombolysis, interventional treatment and destination of patients with stroke...
February 17, 2018: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
Michael A Franklin
Recent and rapid advances in the implementation of technology have greatly affected the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in the United States. Simultaneously, diverse generational pressures-including the consumerism of millennials and unsustainable growth in the costs of care for baby boomers-have accelerated a revolution in healthcare delivery that was marked in 2010 by the passage of the Affordable Care Act.Against this backdrop, Maryland and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services entered into a partnership in 2014 to modernize the Maryland All-Payer Model...
April 2018: Frontiers of Health Services Management
Bruno R Nascimento, Craig Sable, Maria Carmo P Nunes, Adriana C Diamantino, Kaciane K B Oliveira, Cassio M Oliveira, Zilda Maria A Meira, Sandra Regina T Castilho, Júlia P A Santos, Letícia Maria M Rabelo, Karlla C A Lauriano, Gabriel A L Carmo, Allison Tompsett, Antonio Luiz P Ribeiro, Andrea Z Beaton
BACKGROUND: Considering the limited accuracy of clinical examination for early diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD), echocardiography has emerged as an important epidemiological tool. The ideal setting for screening is yet to be defined. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence and pattern of latent RHD in schoolchildren (aged 5-18 years) and to compare effectiveness of screening between public schools, private schools, and primary care centers in Minas Gerais, Brazil. METHODS AND RESULTS: The PROVAR (Rheumatic Valve Disease Screening Program) study uses nonexperts and portable and handheld devices for RHD echocardiographic screening, with remote interpretation by telemedicine, according to the 2012 World Heart Federation criteria...
February 14, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Frank Janssen, Mohammed Awadallah, Awed Alhalabi, Barbara Körber, Reinhard Lang, Mateusz Scibor, René Handschu
OBJECTIVE: While telemedicine is in expanding use in acute stroke care, little is known about its use in general neurology, especially in acute care. We sought to investigate the feasibility and possible effects of a telemedicine device within the neurological back-up service of an acute care hospital. METHODS: In a 450 bed academic teaching hospital an experienced neurologist (EN) is on call to support the junior doctor at the hospital. Support was possible whether by standard telephone advice (TA) or by audiovisual consultations (AVC)...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Giuseppa Maresca, Maria C De Cola, Santina Caliri, Rosaria De Luca, Alfredo Manuli, Ileana Scarcella, Giuseppe Silvestri, Placido Bramanti, Michele Torrisi, Rocco S Calabrò, Alessia Bramanti
Introduction Elderly care is a worldwide social and economic challenge for the public health system, and it requires the development of new management strategies. Telemedicine provides an innovative approach towards elderly care, especially for those with chronic diseases. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the potential role of a multidisciplinary telemedicine approach for improving elderly quality of life. Methods Twenty-two participants received weekly vital parameter monitoring and nutritional counselling, biweekly psychological counselling and a monthly consultation with a neurologist...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Robert J Graham, Michael L McManus, Angie Mae Rodday, Ruth Ann Weidner, Susan K Parsons
OBJECTIVE: To describe program design, costs, and savings implications of a critical care-based care coordination model for medically complex children with chronic respiratory failure. DESIGN: All program activities and resultant clinical outcomes were tracked over 4 years using an adapted version of the Care Coordination Measurement Tool. Patient characteristics, program activity, and acute care resource utilization were prospectively documented in the adapted version of the Care Coordination Measurement Tool and retrospectively cross-validated with hospital billing data...
February 3, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
R Martinez, A D Rogers, A Numanoglu, H Rode
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine is increasingly applied in developed settings to facilitate transfer of information to and from burn surgeons across vast geographic areas. WhatsApp is a widely available and extremely user-friendly encrypted smartphone application that does not require the expensive physical and personnel infrastructure that characterizes many of these telemedicine systems. The aim of this study was to review the use of WhatsApp to facilitate paediatric burn injury consultations to a regional burn centre in a developing country, where burn care continues to be thwarted by administrative apathy, poor resource allocation and lack of attention to medical and nursing education at all levels...
January 27, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
William M Tierney, Justin F Rousseau, Anjum Khurshid
Health care delivery and health promotion require timely, accurate, and useful information. Nowhere are useful data more needed than population health management. Although mountains of health-related data exist, useful information is often diffuse, poorly organized, and often inaccurate and incomplete, and doesn't serve those providing health care to individual patients, managing care for groups of patients, or promoting health for communities. Information and communication technologies are rapidly evolving to enhance population health management...
February 1, 2018: Texas Medicine
Ali Pourmand, Hayoung Lee, Malika Fair, Kaylah Maloney, Amy Caggiula
Every year in the United States, medical students and residency programs dedicate millions of dollars to the residency matching process. On-site interviews for training positions involve tremendous financial investment, and time spent detracts from educational pursuits and clinical responsibilities. Students are usually required to fund their own travel and accommodations, adding additional financial burdens to an already costly medical education. Similarly, residency programs allocate considerable funds to interview-day meals, tours, staffing, and social events...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Graham G Macdonald, Anne F Townsend, Paul Adam, Linda C Li, Sheila Kerr, Michael McDonald, Catherine L Backman
BACKGROUND: eHealth is a broad term referring to the application of information and communication technologies in the health sector, ranging from health records to telemedicine and multiple forms of health education and digital tools. By providing increased and anytime access to information, opportunities to exchange experiences with others, and self-management support, eHealth has been heralded as transformational. It has created a group of informed, engaged, and empowered patients as partners, equipped to take part in shared decision making and effectively self-manage chronic illness...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Joseph P Salisbury, Neha U Keshav, Anthony D Sossong, Ned T Sahin
BACKGROUND: Lightweight and portable devices that objectively measure concussion-related impairments could improve injury detection and critical decision-making in contact sports and the military, where brain injuries commonly occur but remain underreported. Current standard assessments often rely heavily on subjective methods such as symptom self-reporting. Head-mounted wearables, such as smartglasses, provide an emerging platform for consideration that could deliver the range of assessments necessary to develop a rapid and objective screen for brain injury...
January 23, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Emanuela Burdese, Marzia Testa, Pasquale Raucci, Cinzia Ferreri, Gabriele Giovannini, Enrico Lombardo, Enrico Avogadri, Mauro Feola
BACKGROUND: Home telemonitoring is a modern and effective disease management model that is able to improve medical care, quality of life, and prognosis of chronically ill patients, and to reduce expenditure. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, costs, and patients' and caregivers' acceptance of our model of telemedicine in a high-risk chronic heart failure (CHF) older population. METHODS: Patients with high risk/refractory CHF were included...
January 20, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
Elisabeth Medeiros de Bustos, Eric Berthier, Didier Chavot, Benjamin Bouamra, Thierry Moulin
BACKGROUND: Equality in healthcare between urban and rural areas is problematic in France. Telemedicine networks are expected to improve equality in expertise assessment. We aimed to evaluate the use and impact of a regional rural French telemedicine network, dedicated to medical and surgical neurological emergencies, on interhospital patient transfers. METHODS: Eight community hospital emergency departments were remotely connected to the only university hospital in Franche-Comté, France...
January 18, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Meritxell Davins Riu, Xavier Borràs Pérez, Vicenç Artigas Raventós, Elisabet Palomera Fanegas, Mateu Serra Prat, Jesus Alós Villacrosa
BACKGROUND: A change in healthcare systems is needed, due to the increased prevalence of chronic diseases. Patient empowerment improves results in terms of patient quality of life (QoL) and satisfaction. INTRODUCTION: We have developed a telehealth program Control Telehealth Claudication Intermittent (CONTECI) for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), aimed at enhancing patient satisfaction and QoL, while improving health system efficiency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a randomized clinical trial of patients with PAD, at the intermittent claudication stage...
January 11, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
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