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Baltic eHealth Project The Future of the Telemedicine in the Baltic Sea Region

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Author(s): N. Valevicine | P. Ross | L. Cristensien

Journal: Iranian Journal of Radiology
ISSN 1735-1065

Volume: 5;
Issue: S1;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2008;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Background/Objective: The radiology examinations can be easily sent over high speed, it has made a filmless department and reporting of radiological examinations far away from the hospitals. The Baltic eHealth project focuses on telemedicine as a tool for rural development. The purpose of the eRadiology pilot is therefore to test the telemedicine solution between the Funen hospital and the radiological departments of Vilnius University Hospital and East Tallinn Central Hospital. In the pilot, it will be investigated if the solution is technically, financially, culturally and linguistically feasible."nPatients and Methods: Internet- based health care networks are a step forward compared to first generation health care networks, which has been limited to pushing text - based massages between different systems. An internet- based network can also "pull" data - and not only text but any digital data - for instance images and video sequences. The internet-based networks can fulfil the vision to access to regardless of time and location more effectively."nResults: The main result of the Baltic eHealth project is the Baltic Health Network (BHN), which connects not only all hospitals in Norway, Sweden and Denmark but also two hospitals in Lithuania and Estonia. This is demonstrated in the project in two pilots. In the eUltrasound pilot the midwives in the rural areas of Västerbottan County, Sweden, are awaiting the establishment of BHN to get access to second opinions from specialists at National Center for Foetal Medicine at the University Hospital of Trondheim, Norway. In the eRadiology pilot we try to overcome the problem of a lack of radiologists in Denmark, which leads to vacant positions and discomfort to patients as they have to wait months for simple radiological examinations. To remedy the problem of absent radiologists, x-rays taken at the Funen Hospital will be sent for description to a hospital in another country, which does not have a lack of radiologists."nConclusion: In the Baltic eHealth project we hope to create the sustainable and balanced development of rural areas in Baltic sea region through a trans national cooperation in telemedicine. Once the usefulness of BHN is documented in Baltic Sea Region, the BHN will be strong candidate for universal European model for the next generation health care network.
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