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Teledentistry and the Unified Health System: An Important Tool for the Resumption of Primary Health Care in the Context of the COVID-19 PandemicThis paper describes the possibilities of using Teledentistry to expand and qualify health care in oral health care networks. WHO already recommended to its member countries, even before the pandemic, Telehealth as a strategy to improve the quality of services, especially in universal systems, as the Unified Health System (SUS). Teledentistry opens opportunities for oral health to resume the provision of various services, remotely, such as: 1) Tracking, active search, monitoring of priority users, those at risk and with systemic problems, suspicions of COVID-19 and contacts, through Telemonitation; 2) Initial listening, individual or collective educational activities, through Teleorientation; 3) Discussion of clinical cases for the definition of the opportunity / need for operative procedures, matrix support, sharing, solution of doubts among professionals and between these and teaching and research institutions, by Teleconsulting, among others. In addition to a review of Teledentistry in the context of the pandemic, we conceptualized the terms used and possibilities offered to SUS professionals, in addition to specifying the possible protocols for recording these activities to provide safe data for their monitoring and evaluation. Besides, we bring a brief discussion with promising experiences, carried out in the pre- and trans-pandemic contexts, which can be important strategies for the resumption of oral health in the post-pandemic scenario.
Are teleoncology models merely about avoiding long distance travel for patients?Teleoncology models are used increasingly throughout the world as a means to provide access to quality cancer care for people in rural, remote and other disadvantaged settings. Some authors have suggested that teleoncology is merely about avoiding long distance travel. In this commentary we argue that the benefits of teleoncology extend beyond those of the patients and their families to the rural health system and beyond. We draw upon the literature and results of an evaluation of the Townsville Teleoncology Network (TTN) in North Queensland, Australia to support our arguments.
Does the Choice Between a Telehealth and an In-Person Appointment Change Patient Attendance?Videoconference enables outpatient appointments to be conducted in a manner that increases convenience for patients, and this increase in convenience is widely assumed to reduce failure to attend (FTA) rates. FTA is the notation used when patients do not attend their designated outpatient appointment. FTA events waste appointment resources that could have been allocated to another patient and increase clinic waiting lists. Therefore, predicting FTA or identifying mechanisms to improve FTA rates could have both economic and patient benefits. Using activity data and patient demographic information from the immunology outpatient services at a large metropolitan hospital in Australia, descriptive statistics and regression analysis were used to investigate whether the telehealth modality or other patient or clinic characteristics had the potential to influence FTA rates. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted using a panel set to group individual patient events together to explore the ability of patient characteristics or appointment characteristics to predict FTA events. Ethics approval was received from the Metro South Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC/18/QMS/45889). From April 2016 to September 2018, 6,131 appointments occurred, with an overall FTA rate of 16%. Telehealth accounted for 254 or 4.1% of all appointments. When in-person and telehealth modalities were examined separately, the FTA rates were 16.3% and 8.7%, respectively. The greatest predictor of FTA was found to be the modality by which the clinic was delivered, in person or telehealth. Patient-specific characteristics such as Indigenous status, previous FTA behavior, and whether the person was privately funded were also important factors. These results indicate that offering appropriate patients the option of telehealth has the potential to reduce FTA. Given the impact of FTA on clinic viability, caseload burden, and waiting lists, telehealth should be explored further and, where possible, should be offered as a routine alternative to in-person appointments.
Crowdsourcing Indie MoviesCrowdsourcing Indie Movies Henry H. Perritt, Jr. Abstract Internet-centered technology developments are revolutionizing the ways in which movies can be made. The use of crowdsourcing to make indie movies is a possibility that has not yet been explored fully, although the use of crowdsourcing to raise money for artistic works is growing. Crowdsourcing can be used for every step of making a movie, increasing the range of collaboration available to creators and reducing capital requirements. The article uses a fictional account of a team of young moviemakers to explain how they can use crowdsourcing for each step of making their movie, considering what plans they should make for crowdsourcing, the available Web-based and software tools, and the business and legal issues that arise from that use of crowdsourcing. It concludes by identifying desirable technology developments and legal reform.
Cybersquatting: A Case of First Come/First Served or Piracy on the Cyber-Seas?Investigates registration of domain names of, or similar to, the names and trademarks of large corporations, with the purpose of selling the domain names to the corporations at considerable profit. Threat of legal recourse to force green-mailers to surrender this intellectual property; Federal Trademark Dilution Act.