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Revista de salud publica del Paraguay

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PEDRO, Galván, et al. Application of disruptive technologies in telemedicine for universal coverage of health services. Rev. salud publica Parag. [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.1, pp.52-58. ISSN 2307-3349.


The application of disruptive technologies in telemedicine facilitates accessibility to diagnostic technologies of remote populations without access to specialists and improves universal coverage of health services. 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 Institute of Research in Sciences (IICS-UNA).


to evaluate the usefulness of disruptive technology applications in telemedicine for universal coverage of health services January 2014 to September 2019.

Material and Method:

observational and descriptive design study included 540,397 patients. For this purpose, the results obtained by the telediagnostic network implemented in 67 MSPBS hospitals were analyzed. In this regard, 540,397 remote diagnoses carried out between January 2014 and September 2019 were analysed.


of the total, 33.174% (179,274) were CT studies, 64.825% (350,313) electrocardiography (ECG), 1.997% (10,791) electroencephalography (EEG) and 0.004% (19) ultrasound. The concordance between remote diagnosis and "face-to-face" diagnosis was 95%.


remote diagnosis achieved a cost reduction that is an important benefit for every citizen of the interior of the country. The results show that the application of disruptive technologies in telemedicine can contribute to the universal coverage of services with diagnostic technologies, maximizing the time and productivity of the professional, increasing access and equity, and lowering costs. However, prior to widespread implementation, the regional epidemiological profile should be contextualized.

Palavras-chave : disruptive technology; application; diagnostic technology; telemedicine; universal coverage; health services; technological innovation..

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