The Telemedicine Project was launched on 1 September 2005 through services procured from Ceredigion & Mid Wales NHS Trust (now Hywel Dda Health Board) with the secondment of the Project Manager for two days per week, increasing to three days per week in November 2007 due to the success and the development of the programme.
Due to the success and numer of individual projects under this service, the Telemedicine project is now known as the Telemedicine Service with a number of excellent examples of Telemedicine initiatives developed by the South Wales Cancer Network Telemedicine Board.
Examples of implemented telemedicine services include:
1. Use of videoconferencing for:
• “Virtual” multidisciplinary team meetings
• Management and clinical meetings
• Education and training sessions
• Clinical applications
- Profession to profession
- Profession to patient
- Medical and non medical staff
- Transmission of data e.g. digital radiology images, histopathology images, live echocardiography ultrasound
List of videoconferencing facilities as well as other useful information on videoconferencing eg user guides, troubleshooting, types of calls etc are available on the South Wales Cancer Network intranet website.
These have been implemented in specialities such as Teledermatology, Speech and Language Therapy, Palliative Care,
Paediatric Cardiac Telemedicine and Neurology.
2. Use of audioconferencing, Cancer Network Information System Cymru (CaNISC), Electronic Chemotherapy Prescribing and Electronic Referral.
Further details on these services are available on links below:
The broad aims of the original project were to:
Initial work undertaken produced information to assist staff in the use of videoconferencing equipment, which includes user guides as well as troubleshooting advice and etiquette.
Since the launch of the project there has been a steady increase in the use of videoconferencing across the Network.
Training workshops and/or one to one training sessions for staff play an important role in the work of the Telemedicine Service. Equipment was purchased for some sites to upgrade existing equipment and to supplement existing facilities. Web cameras with laptops were also purchased and in collaboration with Informing Healthcare an Evaluation Case Study on the use of the this technology within a healthcare environment is currently being written.
Telemedicine Project has also been working with the pathology network to implement a solution to network histopathology images. Funding from Informing Healthcare has enabled procurement and implementation is commenced end November 2007. Details of project will be available soon on the Histopathology section of this page.
The Telemedicine Project has attracted much publicity including, presentation at the Saving Lives in Cancer Conference in Brussels in November 2006, which led to interest from around Europe with coverage in local and national press, at the Informing Health International Advisory Group Conference in 2007 and poster presentation in American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference,
The Telemedicine Service has also presented at the annual Royal Society of Medicine Telemed and E-Health Conferences in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and published papers in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare in 2009 and 2010.
More detailed information about the Telemedicine Service and our progress up to April 2007 is available in our project overview document 2007 and also progress up to January 2009 in our Telemedicine Service Report 2009.
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Last updated: 29/12/2011