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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

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GALVAN, Pedro et al. Universal Coverage of Diagnostic Services through Telemedicine. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2017, vol.7, n.2, pp.37-43. ISSN 2307-3349.

Through the telemedicine, advantageous telediagnostic systems can be developed to improve the health care of remote populations that don`t have access to specialists. This study was carried out by the Telemedicine Unit of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPBS) in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging of the Health Science Research Institute (IICS-UNA) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) to evaluate the utility of a telediagnostic system for universal coverage in public health. For this purpose, the results obtained by the telediagnosis system implemented in 56 MSPBS hospitals were analyzed. In that sense, 293,142 remote diagnoses were performed between January 2014 and September 2017. Of the total, 37.29% (109,311) corresponded to tomography studies, 61.44% (180.108) to electrocardiography (ECG), 1.26% (3,704) to electroencephalography (EEG) and 0.01% (19) to ultrasound. There were no significant differences between the remote and the “face to face” diagnosis. With the remote diagnosis a reduction of the cost was obtained, that supposes an important benefit for each citizen of the interior of the country. The results show that the telemedicine can contribute to improve significantly the universal coverage of diagnostic services and health programs, maximizing professional time and productivity, increasing access and equity, and reducing costs. However, before carrying out its systematic implementation, a contextualization with the regional epidemiological profile must be performed.

Palavras-chave : Telemedicine; Universal Coverage; Telediagnosis; ICT in Health; Technological Innovation.

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