Telemedicine Utilization to Support the Management of the Burns Treatment Involving Patient Pathways in Both Developed and Developing Countries: A Case Study.
Author(s)Shabbir, Syed-Abdul;Jeremiah, Scholl;Chen, Cliff Chen;Santos, Martinho D.P.S.;Jian, Wen-Shan;Liou, Der-Ming;Li, Yu-Chuan
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Abstract[[abstract]]This case study reports on the utilization of telemedicine to support the management of the burns treatment in the islands of Sao Tome and Principe by Taipei Medical University-affiliated hospital in Taiwan. The authors share experiences about usage of telemedicine to support treatment of the burn victims in a low-income country that receive reconstructive surgery in a developed country. Throughout the entire care process, telemedicine has been used not only to provide an expert advice from distance but also to help establish and maintain the doctor-patient relationship, to keep patients in contact with their families, and to help educate and consult the medical personal physically present in Sao Tome and Principe. This case study presents the details of how this process has been conducted to date, on what were learned from this process, and on issues that should be considered to improve this process in the future. The authors plan to create instructional videos and post them on YouTube to aid clinical workers providing similar treatment during the acute care and rehabilitation process and also to support eLearning in many situations where it otherwise is not possible to use videoconferencing to establish real-time contact between doctors at the local site and remote specialists.