Telemedicine and telehealth: an Italian and UK perspective
Keywords:Telemedicine, Telehealth, COVID-19, Cardiovascular Disease
On January 30, 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international outbreak of new coronavirus 2019-nCoV (Public Health Emergency of International Concern -PHEIC), as enshrined in the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005).The current pandemic has uncovered our vulnerability and fears turning our lives upside down.We have been forced to a more resourceful approach with a view to contain and limit potential damage.The current events have put significant strain on hospital organisations all over the world.
At a time when, in the absence of specific therapy to treatcardio patients and a vaccine only recently approved, social distancing is one of the main measures used to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine is gaining ground as a key technology for safe and efficient communication between doctors and patients.The aim is to highlight the major role played by telemedicine and telehealth during the pandemic with reference to the potential implications for the foreseeable future.
We have attempted to give a survey on telemedicine and telehealth applications in Italy and UK before and during the management of the pandemic.
Some examples of the application of telemedicine and telehealth with reference to their impact and relationship with end users have been highlighted.
Telemedicine and telehealth are likely to become more established in the future. We may have to reconsider our current working patterns towards a more beneficial and cost-effective way of living and working.
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