Telemedicine is healthcare’s new frontier, a means of facilitating the distribution of human resources and professional competences. It can speed up diagnosis and therapeutic care delivery and allow peripheral and primary healthcare providers to receive continuous assistance from specialised centres.
The European Space Agency has decided to prepare the ground for a Telemedicine Programme to be presented at the next ESA Ministerial Conference. This is in response to the need to further tailor support for the development of telemedicine via satellite to comply with the key priorities of the healthcare system. The aim of this initiative is to set up a programmatic framework able to host research, development and pilot utilisation activities in the field of telemedicine via satellite. To this end, a Telemedicine Working Group has been set up, composed mainly of users (health professionals and patients’ representatives).
The results from this Working Group are outlined in the attached publication, which aims to promote the rationale of a user-driven approach in this application field of paramount importance to the well-being of mankind. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has reached a sufficient degree of maturity that it is now possible to envisage setting up a virtual hospital in a patient’s home, obtaining real-time teleconsulting and diagnosis from a remote location and transmitting clinical data and multimedia medical content from one location to a large number of geographically dispersed locations.
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