PrimCareIT - Tele-conferencing to fight social and professional isolation

PrimCareIT-logoObjectives: The project will provide a cost-effective development of sustainable e-health related services and products, especially focused on tele-consultation solutions. This should be done by pilot project demonstrators to create realistic scenarios for  a future sustainable health care.

The overall aim of PrimCare IT is to raise the attractiveness of remote primary health care for medical professionals by the means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring. Thereby the project counteracts brain drain and professional isolation in sparsely populated areas for more equal access to primary health care in the BSR.

A better deployment of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring including social media has strong potential to reduce professional isolation and to provide opportunities for professional networking, continuing medical education and career development for younger and experienced doctors and health workers in remote areas.

BTH project Leader: Prof Tobias Larsson, Department of Mechanical Engineering

BTH participants: Johan Berglund (HAL), Ewy Olander (HAL), Marie Persson (COM), Niklas Lavesson (COM)

Time span: 2012-2014

Funding: 25 MSEK, EU Baltic Sea Region Programme

Partners: South Ostrobothnian Health Care District (FI), Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (FI), Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (FI), eHealth Institute, Linnaeus University (SE), Region Västerbotten (SE), Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (DE), German Medical Association (DE), District of Segeberg (DE), District of Nordfriesland (DE), The Estonian Society of Family Doctors (EE), Estonian eHealth Foundation(EE), Vilnius University Hospital (LT), Kaunas University of Technology (LT), Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LT), Centre of Health Economics (LV), Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (BY)

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