Estonia's new e-healthcare strategy banks on cybermedicine

Remote cardiac ultrasound. A telemedicine experiment in France (AFP/Scanpix)
12/16/2015 10:55 AM
Category: Health

Estonian e-Health strategy for 2020 foresees the development of cybermedicine, allowing doctors to consult and treat patients remotely. In the future, people may have sensors at home that transmit data straight to the computer of a medical specialist far far away.

The strategy, approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, includes the development of digital healthcare areas like telemedicine, telecare and all types of m-Health services on primary, specialist and nursing care levels, as well as prevention activities, Postimees reported.

Cybermedicine is developed in Estonia to counter the decreasing number of medical professionals and the resulting problems with the availability of and accessibility to different healthcare services.

However, despite an ambitious strategy, the state is yet to develop an impementation program, a sustainable operating and funding scheme, and an electronic support network for cybermedicine in Estonia.

M. Oll

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