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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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RIVAS, Ronald  and  GALVAN, Pedro. Telemedicine in Paraguay: Contributions of the Institute of Research in Health Sciences, National University of Asunción (IICS-UNA). Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2018, vol.16, n.3, pp.66-72. ISSN 1812-9528.

We understand Telemedicine as a service delivery system whose main objective is to support medicine through technology. In Paraguay there are rural or remote areas of difficult access where the specialized services that are often needed in these communities do not reach, Telemedicine became a very effective tool to provide a reliable, effective and cheap solution. This article aims to highlight the contributions of the research group of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Images (IBI) of the Institute of Health Sciences Research of the National University of Asuncion (IICS-UNA) since 1999 and its strategic collaboration with other institutions, regarding the development and applications of Telemedicine in Paraguay. For that, a historical review of those contributions was made in the different applications that comprise Telemedicine: Telediagnosis, Telematics and Teleeducation. The product with the greatest impact at the level of public health is undoubtedly the National Telemedicine System, which since 2014 and up to now has performed more than 400,000 specialized diagnoses -Tele-ultrasound, Tele- electrocardiography, Tele-electroencephalography and Tele-tomography - in the most needy regions of the country.

Keywords : telemedicine; telediagnosis; telematics; teleeducation.

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