Telehealth in NHS Lothian – Doctors set to advise patients via webcam

By ADAM MORRIS
Health Reporter

THOUSANDS of patients will be able to speak to their consultant via webcam under a project being rolled out by NHS Lothian.
The health board is already set to save £1.4 million a year after video conferencing was recently introduced for staff.

Health chiefs think it could be extended to patients, saving them even more money and time.

Initially, it would be only available to people who already had their own computer and webcam, and the facility could be used for consulting with doctors and gaining advice on a range of issues.

Among the plans being considered is one that would offer new mums ongoing support on issues such as breastfeeding, while services such as help with quitting smoking and managing anxiety levels could also be delivered remotely. Video conferencing is already being used to help reduce the health board’s £70m black hole, and has also saved the valuable time of consultants, with a return journey between Edinburgh and St John’s Hospital in Livingston estimated at about 90 minutes.

It is thought that around three million miles of driving between meeting places could also be cut with the scheme.

NHS Lothian’s eHealth director Martin Egan said: “People who use the system will, at a glance, be able to see whether colleagues are free.

“It’s a traffic light system that will allow you to send a secure message to them and set up a conference and share and collaborate documents.

Read the ful article about video conferencing to patients

BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010

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Open for Registrations 22nd and 23rd September 2010

Register now for the most exciting eHealth conference in Scotland this year! Held at the prestigious Glasgow Science Centre you not only have a great programme, wide range of exhibitors, great views over the Clyde and City but complementary entrance to the fun science exhibits as well!

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We have an extensive International speaker Programme over both days with three themes held in twin parallel tracks.

Keynote speakers include:

Matthew Swindells, former CIO Connecting for Health, and chair BCS Health

Rikard Lovstrom from Sweden to talk about their National Patient Overview project and eHealth strategy

Dorothy Whittick from Canada talking about the Canadian Health Infoway national developments and a Wellness project in Alberta

Brian Robson from Scotland on the Quality theme and his experiences with IHI in America.

Kathy Dallest from Australia speaking on Clinical Safety Management in eHealth.

New! NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!

An exciting new event will be presentation of the ‘NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!’. These awards are given to winning NHS teams for three categories sponsored by BCS and Scottish Government.

Twin Exhibitions: We are very grateful to our sponsors with 18 commercial exhibitions in a superb bright atrium area and ANOTHER FIRST: 15 public information stands in a separate gallery open to the public. There is plenty to see!

The three main themes to be addressed at the BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010 are Quality, Innovation, and Efficiency. International speakers from Australia, Canada, Sweden, America, Ireland, Wales and numerous UK speakers will position themselves on current relevant issues such as patient safety, the quality strategy, efficiency gains from IT and more.

For the first time, the NHS Scotland eHealth Awards will be presented to eHealth teams in Scotland. These awards will be presented by Scottish Government and by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, to help boost the status of the IT profession in NHS Scotland at a time of significant change.

Moreover the new Vidiowiki delegate social networking tool will be used for linking up delegates before and after the event. Users can navigate a mind-map of delegates, speakers and exhibitors to create linkups and watch short clips about presentations and demos. This will help planning and networking before coming to the event.

A selection of posters will be available to view during the conference:

  • A novel security risk assessment model – Napier University
  • Clinical content modeling – NHS National Services Scotland
  • Trans-national exchange of eHealth innovations in northern Europe- Aberdeen University
  • A Study to evaluate the effectiveness of an electronic dashboard – Ulster hospital
  • A Study to evaluate the response times for alerts – Ulster hospital

Around 250 participants are expected to take part in this open event. Online registration is possible here. Details about fees and early bird registration can be found online.

A draft programme for the event can be found online at the event website.

Exhibitors are also leading a fun social evening at 5pm on the first day.

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Video conferencing system is improving the care of kidney patients in NHS Highland

Video link to help Highland dialysis patients

Patient and nurse at Caithness General Hospital 's renal unit

The video link allows specialists to review patient care

A video conferencing system has been installed in two hospitals to improve the care of kidney patients in the far north of Scotland.

The link connects the main renal unit at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness with Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

NHS Highland said the initiative should help reduce waiting times and travelling for patients.

Consultant Dr Robert Peel said an increasing number of patients from Caithness required dialysis treatment.

Specialists from Raigmore Hospital will continue to hold monthly clinics at the hospital in Wick to assess patients receiving dialysis treatment.

It should be possible for more outpatients to be seen locally during the monthly clinics
Dr Robert Peel
NHS Highland

But every other month, these reviews will take place via the video link, using mobile units which can be placed alongside the dialysis stations.

The use of the technology means fewer outpatients from the Caithness area will have to make the 200-mile round trip for appointments in Inverness, according to the health board.

It will also allow specialists to see more patients in the available time, NHS Highland said.

Dr Peel, a renal consultant at NHS Highland, said the initiative would help reduce pressure on clinics in Caithness for kidney patients.

“It should be possible for more outpatients to be seen locally during the monthly clinics, with shorter waiting times for appointments,” he said.

A regular live video link will also enable nurses in Wick to discuss patients’ treatment with specialists in Raigmore.

Read more about the live video link.