Improving Access to Pediatric Cardiology in Cape Verde via a Collaborative International Telemedicine Service

Luís Velez Lapão, Artur Correia

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6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper addresses the role of international telemedicine services in supporting the evacuation procedures from Cape Verde to Portugal, enabling better quality and cost reductions in the management of the global health system. The Cape Verde, as other African countries, health system lacks many medical specialists, like pediatric cardiologists, neurosurgery, etc. In this study, tele-cardiology shows good results as diagnostic support to the evacuation decision. Telemedicine services show benefits while monitoring patients in post-evacuation, helping to address the lack of responsive care in some specialties whose actual use will help save resources both in provision and in management of the evacuation procedures. Additionally, with tele-cardiology collaborative service many evacuations can be avoided whereas many cases will be treated and followed locally in Cape Verde with remote technical support from Portugal. This international telemedicine service enabled more efficient evacuations, by reducing expenses in travel and housing, and therefore contributed to the health system's improvement. This study provides some evidence of how important telemedicine really is to cope with both the geography and the shortage of physicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume209
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th International Conference on Global Telehealth, GT 2015 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 29 May 201530 May 2015

Keywords

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

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