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T@lemed: Ehealth applications applied to underserved areas in Latin America

: Sachpazidis, I.; Ohl, R.; Binotto, A.; Torres, M.S.; Messina, L.A.; Sales, A.; Gomes, R.; Sakas, G.


Nuclear instruments and methods in physics research, Section A. Accelerators, spectrometers, detectors and associated equipment 569 (2006), Nr.2, S.635-639
ISSN: 0167-5087
ISSN: 0168-9002
Fraunhofer IGD ()
telemedicine; ultrasound; radiology

Access to medical care is sometimes very difficult to be reached from people living in rural and underserved areas. This problem is very well known in rural areas in Brazil. Citizens have no access to health care. They have to travel hundreds of kilometres to receive medical care. In this paper, we will propose a medical network based on state-of-the-art medical imaging application that addresses the problems of providing health care from a distance. Additionally, we are going to show preliminarily results of the first year of the system deployment and utilization in undeserved regions in Brazil. The total number of patients submitted to ultrasound examinations, during the 10 months of projects' medical trials, is 321. The exams have begun with the elderly people (hypertension and diabetes cases) with 90% above 50-years-old. Fifty-four percent were male and 46% were female. From those exams, 67 exams (21%) needed a second medical opinion and were transmitted to Santa Casa hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil, one of the referral medical centres. From those second opinions of Santa Casa, 12 exams had to be repeated since the acquired images were not sufficient to give a correct diagnosis. The Lagoa Tres Cantos medical doctor performed also preventive exams with patients who had not presented any symptoms (70%).