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Tele-Cardiology in the Greek-Albania Borderline (Telecardiology)
Start date: Apr 30, 2012, End date: Oct 30, 2013 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The proposed project is built around the needs described on the SWOT analysis provided in the Programme documents, aiming to use the identified strengths (high training and expertise of medical experts), in order to tackle the weaknesses (lack of cooperation and access restraints) and use telemedicine, specifically telecardiology, so as to increase the standard of living of the population by promoting health care provision in the cross-border area and establish a closer collaboration between Albanian and Greek cardiologists. The University of Ioannina, who will be the Leader partner and will be the main technical partner of the project, will act as a mentor for the hospitals – partners in both sides of the border, so as to jointly develop a telemedicine, teleconsulting platform based on the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) for cardiology. EHRs will ensure that all the data (historical, demographic, medication, lab results, imaging exams etc) for each specific patient are available to the treating clinician, while the collaboration tool will facilitate the provision of telemedicine and counseling. Improved reliability of patient specific data, cross border data availability and telecommuting functionalities, provide opportunities for improvement to the health care provision by eliminating geographic restrains. Expected Results: The direct and immediate effects resulting from the project are: (i) Improved communication between doctors, (ii)Availability of objective and complete information, (iii)Sharing information at the time of demand even when the patient is not present in healthcare facilities and (iv) Minimizing errors in diagnosis and treatment . Moreover, apart from the upgrading of the quality of health services to citizens, given the opportunity of a smooth communication between a large number of scientists and the study and analysis of medical data from large geographic areas. In conclusion, the project aims to: (i) Savings in costs of handling, transportation, and management of health care system, (ii) Reducing the geographic and physical isolation of patients, (iii) Avoid duplication of painful tests, conflicting prescriptions and errors in treatment, (iv) Direct communication between doctors of hospitals - Ability to provide advices from specialists who would otherwise not be accessible, (v) Access to medical information necessary to carry out medical procedures from remote users, (vi) Reduction of incidents in hospitals, (vii) Upgrading of medical services at local level because of easy access to specialists, (viii) Updating of the user interface of the medical staff to use modern technology and services according to international standards, (ix) Promote and improve the scientific research through quick and direct access to new information and knowledge, thus facilitating the process of continuous training of personnel. At the same time it is possible to study and analyze medical data from large geographic areas and thus a large number of scientists and doctors, (x) Assimilation and use of modern telematics technology by medical personnel, (xi)Collaboration among professionals working in the field of ICT.
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