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Telehealth Opportunities in the COVID-19 Pandemic Early Days: What Happened, Did Not Happen, Should Have Happened, and Must Happen in the Near Future?
Amorim, Paula; Brito, Dulce; Castelo-Branco, Miguel; Fàbrega, Carles; Gomes da Costa, Fernando; Martins, Henrique; Gonçalves, Luis; Gonçalves, Luis Martins; Martin, Verónica; Milner, James; Nêveda, Rui; Ferreira, Afonso Nunes; Pardo, Rafael; Peralta-Santos, André; Pessoa, Tomás; Silva, João; Salvador Vergès, Àngels.
  • Amorim P; Center of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Central Region, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal.
  • Brito D; Santa Maria Hospital, CHULN, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Castelo-Branco M; Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal.
  • Fàbrega C; Sociedad Ibérica de Telmedicina y Telesalud, HSJD of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Gomes da Costa F; Portuguese Ministry of Health, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Martins H; FCS-UBI and ISCTE-IUL, Covilha, Portugal.
  • Gonçalves L; Sociedad Ibérica de Telmedicina y Telesalud, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Gonçalves LM; Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and University Centre, Coimbra Portugal.
  • Martin V; Regional Telemedicine, Extremadura Health Service, Badajox, Spain.
  • Milner J; Coimbra Hospital and University Centre, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Nêveda R; Alto Minho-EPE, Santa Luzia de Viana do Castelo Hospital, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Ferreira AN; Cardiovascular Center, University of Lisbon, CHULN, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Pardo R; Telemedicine, Costaisa. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Peralta-Santos A; Health Policy and Epidemiology, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Pessoa T; Shaper at Global Shapers Lisbon Hub, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Silva J; Telemedicine Unit, ULSAM, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
  • Salvador Vergès À; Digital Care of UVIC-UCC, Barcelona, Spain.
Telemed J E Health ; 27(10): 1194-1199, 2021 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-954955
ABSTRACT
The objective of this communication is to offer a better understanding of the value of telemedicine in health care, particularly its role in creating opportunities for continuity of care to patients in a complex and novel setting as were the circumstances of the early COVID-19 pandemic times. Crisis time is also a time for opportunities. With regard to telehealth, all players (providers, staff, and patients) should be informed about its benefits and should also become familiar with the use of the various telehealth options and this will only be achieved through large information campaigns necessary enriched by local teaching and training programs in both public and private institutions. The final aim is to launch the debate and foster ideas useful throughout the pandemic. This article covers the experiences of physicians as well as health professionals in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), to provide a clearer idea of what has happened and how we can improve it with the possibilities provided by telemedicine, while at the same time to put in evidence that public health systems need to be rethought to provide solutions to situations such as that we are experiencing.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Telemedicine / COVID-19 Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Telemed J E Health Journal subject: Medical Informatics / Health Services Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Tmj.2020.0386

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Telemedicine / COVID-19 Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Telemed J E Health Journal subject: Medical Informatics / Health Services Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Tmj.2020.0386