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Collaborative Multimedia Medical Technologies in the Management of Health Care
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Biomedical Informatics and Engineering)
2003 (English)In: IFMBE Proceedings WC2003, 2003Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

Collaborative Multimedia Medical Technologies in the Management of Health Care

B.-E. Erlandson1 and N.-G. Holmer2

1 Medical Informatics and Engineering, University Hospital, S-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden

2 Biomedical Engineering, University Hospital of Lund, S- 221 85 Lund, Sweden


Telematics and Informatics in health care will change the opportunities how health care is

produced and delivered. This is a necessary prerequisite because the increasing demand of

care as well as the cost increase of health and social care. In the western counties, there will

also be a demand on availability, which implies that the information must be present when

needed. In Europe, the Commission has made a statement about “An Information Society for

All”. The vision is that the infrastructure must be enhanced and health care should be distance

independent. Multimedia medical technologies can give the basis for this vision.


The current study will investigate the possibilities of developing and improving the technical

prerequisites for diagnosing and analysing purposes as near as possible the patient, i.e.

outside the hospital or the primary health care centre. New technological solutions will give

the opportunity to deliver health care more efficient. One prerequisite, a health care net (e.g.

Sjunet) has been established in Sweden to which health care providers are connected.

Different areas that will be covered in the study are:

· Networking between biomedical engineering departments and informatics departments in a

region (or nation-wide) in order to utilise competence and even equipment.

· Co-ordination of roentgenological specialities between hospitals in Sweden.

· Develop support in neurosurgery between university hospital and other hospitals

· Oncological treatment methods and follow up of patients via distributed radiotherapy.

· Advanced home care, with secure handling of patient ID, in order to transfer measured

data directly to the electronic patient record.


To our understanding, health care in the future will be built on knowledge networks.

Information will be fetched on that health care level, the specialist that is needed, from the

responsible physician or nurse, from primary care to university hospital or other sources,

where the ultimate expert knowledge for that specific disease can be found. Future telematic

applications will also give support both to the patient directly but also to the relatives. One

must also be aware of the very fact that science and best practice are changing during time,

new knowledge comes and old disappears.


The telematic applications that we deal with give support to patients or citizens who are

isolated or are delimited for professional care really needed. Telematics can diminish

geographical distances, in rural sparsely populated area as well as in consulting with

professionals on another continent. The competence is then available when and where needed

independent of geographical location, in Sweden or abroad.

Swedish Ministry Publication series, DS 2002:3. IT in Health Services of Tomorrow.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Telemedicin, Management, Informatics
National Category
Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-22753OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-22753DiVA: diva2:50526
Available from: 2007-01-22 Created: 2007-01-22

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