Hospitals and health centers in Seville recorded around 82,000 teleconsultations in nine months

Hospitals and health centers in Seville recorded around 82,000 teleconsultations in nine months

this telemedicine came to stay. In the most critical moments of the pandemic, it has been a key element in diagnosing many pathologies as well as monitoring patients with chronic diseases that require medical attention. But even though the worst of the pandemic is over, telematics services are maintained and gain weight both at the Primary Care and hospital level.

this Andalusia Health Service (SAS) registered from January to September 81,996 teleconsultations It was carried out by professionals in the state of Seville. The aim is to shorten patient waiting times and avoid travel, as professionals review the patient’s history and review their tests without having to personally go to the health center. The total figure in Andalusia is close to 338,000.

According to SAS, these are 30 specializations Performing such consultations: Allergy, Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, Angiology and Vascular Surgery, Digestive System, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, General Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Pediatric Surgery, E. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chest Surgery, MQ Dermatology and Venereal Diseases, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Gynecology, Hematology and Hemotherapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Chest Diseases, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Medical Oncology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Rheumatology and Urology. In addition, work is being done on the gradual incorporation of new specialties into this telemedicine method.

Among the advantages of this teleconsultation model between the family doctor and the hospital care physician, communication development between both experts; the reduced patient waiting time to care or accessibility improvement adaptation to hospital care, to the clinical need of the patient.

The average response time from the family doctor sending the teleconsultation to the hospital doctor until the hospital doctor comes to the consultation and writes the report is encrypted. Between 20 and 70 hours.

this reasons Teleconsultation procedures can range from acute urticaria related to food intake in the case of Allergology, to pharmacological treatment for chronic heart disease or family history screening in Cardiology, to requests for colonoscopy or gastroscopy in the case of the Digestive System specialty. .

Inside DermatologyFor example, when the family doctor or pediatrician suspects the presence of a skin anomaly, an image is taken and sent to the referral hospital electronically for review by medical professionals. In order to implement this program in primary care, the Ministry of Health and Consumption provided the centers with a dermatoscope camera, a device that increases the resolution capacity of images, and the necessary computer equipment. In addition, special training was given to Primary Care Professionals.

Teleconsultation platform

The provision of this service is possible thanks to a telemedicine platform developed by SAS for the management of teleconsultations between Primary Care and hospital professionals and even between specialties in the hospital environment.

This system can be accessed quickly and securely, within the corporate network of Andalusia Public Health Services, by communicating over the web between the doctor and the specialist working in the hospital from the consultation at the Health Center.

The application provides an interface adapted to the specific needs of different user profiles, enabling physicians, nurses and managers of Primary Care Centers as well as administrative staff, nurses, physicians and unit managers to use the application. The system is part of the enterprise applications of SAS (Diraya), so it can be used for diagnostic images, analytical tests, etc. It depends on the administration of any tests required during the teleconsultation, such as

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