The patient has a computer with a camera, microphone and speakers, and devices with sensors. He can consult his symptoms with a doctor and send the results, which are archived in the database. The online doctors regularly modify the recommendations or call the patient to visit.
The development of ICT systems has been applied in every area of social and economic life. it is estimated that 45 PROC. Households have a computer, and more than half of them have Internet access. As for the sector of the economy and state institutions, there is a belief that if the entity is not in Google, the entity does not exist.
As an Information Society (according to Alvin Toffler, a society with fast unrestricted free access to information), we are ready for Telemedicine.
Telemedicine is activities focused on the exchange of information and data between various medical institutions – often for scientific and research purposes, as well as information between the patient and the doctor for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Sharing data in ICT systems allows the diagnosis and examination of patients by a doctor located in a place even thousands of kilometers away, as well as conducting effective online therapy and rehabilitation not only in hospitals or clinics but also at home.
Addresses of the TELEMEDICINE conference and INTERTELECOM are producers of software for medicine, devices monitoring basic life functions, video-conferencing systems, knowledge exchange platforms, and telecommunications systems.
During the conferences and fairs, the Institute of Electronics of the Lodz University of Technology will present new technologies in the field of telemedicine: “navigation for the blind”, “clothing monitoring basic vital functions”, “non-invasive method of diagnosis of inflammation of the body”, “vision management software”, “software for reading thoughts from computer “and many other solutions on the borderline of ICT and medicine.
Conference participants will take part in three discussion panels:
“The impact of telemedicine on improving the quality of services provided” – moderator dr hab. med. Maciej Banach – Medical University of Lodz
“Always wear a computer” – moderators dr hab. Paweł Strumiłło and Prof. Andrzej Materka Lodz University of Technology
“ICT projects in the regions” – Marcin Zawisza – E-Health Department of the Marshal’s Office in Łódź will meet doctors, IT specialists, lawyers, officials, representatives of companies, representatives of non-governmental organizations. The discussion will introduce the issues of telemedicine.
Visitors to fairs and conferences learn about telemedicine in the context of doctor-patient, as well as its importance for society, economy, and law.
For the doctor: it is the use of ICT systems for remote information transfer, in particular diagnostics and consultation, supervision and management of treatment as well as data exchange and training.
For the patient: it is associated with the comfort of treatment. Patients at home have a computer with a camera, microphone, and speakers, and devices with sensors adapted to test the appropriate parameters. Depending on the situation, they can consult their symptoms with a doctor and send the results, which are archived in the database. However, the doctor can modify the recommendations on an ongoing basis, and if significant irregularities are found, decide whether to visit or hospitalize.
Telemedicine in the world is the fastest growing in the USA, while Italy is the leader in Europe. The special guest of the conference from Italy will be Professor Fabio Bagnoli from Genoa, whose achievements the EC included in the official journal TELEMEDICINE from 2003. Professor Fabio Bagnoli every day oversees the treatment of drilling platform workers.
The substantive host of the conference is dr hab. Maciej Banach Head of the Institute of Hypertension at the Medical University in Łódź. Recently, the Minister of Higher Education invited this outstanding specialist to the Council of Young Scientists, an advisory and consultative body on matters related to education and teaching reform, in matters of supporting young scientists in their research work. Maciej Banach is also the chairman of the Lodz branch of the Society of Hypertension.
The development of telemedicine is supported by the Telemedicine Section of the Medical Association, Society of Telemedicine, Section of Non-Invasive Electrocardiology and Telemedicine of the Society of Cardiology, cooperating closely with the Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology Section and the Working Group for Cardiac Rehabilitation for the National Program for Prevention and Cardiology Vascular POLKARD, one of whose goals is the development and implementation of a home cardiac rehabilitation program for patients after acute coronary syndromes (ACS), CABG or heart failure.Telemedicine is not only medical and IT aspects, but it is also a legal and ethical issue. Special guests of the conference will be the lawyer’s Benedict Stanbury from London and Alicja Wirska – Płonka Kancelaria Ad Finem from Łódź. Legal aspects of telemedicine and the world will be discussed.
We invite doctors and patients, universities and producers, lawyers and specialists in EU subsidies in the areas of innovative economy, enthusiasts of new technologies, future technical and medical students to the TELEMEDICINE conference as part of INTERTELECOM 2010.