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Telemedicine that’s easy to use and cost-effective

Remote Analysis currently focuses on four telemedicine areas: sleep apnea analysis, 24-hour ECG monitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and spirometry consultation. Safe and secure services are provided to clinics, health centres, and occupational health care facilities.

Remote Analysis believes that remote diagnostic services like the ones it now provides have a lot to offer the health care sector – bringing services closer to patients and their local health centres, for example, by handling part of the process over the Internet.

24-hour ECG monitoring, as shown here, is one of the services offered by Remote Analysis. The company channelled over 6,000 consultant physicians’ reports to patients and their GPs in 2008, equivalent to the number processed by a typical small regional hospital.

Traditionally, clinical examinations have been made by central hospitals or specialised clinics, and the process can be slow and expensive, and depends on having specialist know-how and equipment on hand. Remote Analysis turns this equation on its head and makes examinations rapid and affordable, without the need for on-site special expertise or investments in expensive hardware and/or software.

By making use of Remote Analysis’ services, even small health centres can access quality diagnostics, and simply pay for the services that they actually use and that their patients need.

Remote Analysis equips its customers with the necessary registration devices and ensures that a consultant physician in the specialist field concerned examines the diagnostic data and provides an assessment. By maintaining a network of the best talent, Remote Analysis also ensures that its customers benefit from the latest developments, which can be a major plus in fields that are developing rapidly.

The Remote Analysis model also helps make maximum use of the expertise and equipment at the central hospitals and of the network of specialists it uses.

Valuable diagnostic information

Sleep apnea is a surprisingly common disease that affects around 3% of the population in developed countries, and can put the heart of patients under significant stress during the night as it tries to compensate for blood oxygen desaturation. Normally, diagnosis of this condition has to be done overnight in hospital. Using Remote Analysis’ service, however, patients can register at home in their normal sleeping environment and be diagnosed at their local health centre with the help of input from a consultant physician, who could be located hundreds of kilometres away.

Remote Analysis offers a similar service for 24-hour ECG monitoring. Patients are provided with electrodes and a measurement device that they attach to their waist, and are requested to keep a diary of any symptoms they encounter during the 24-hour period. Data and subsequent analysis can provide useful information for diagnosing things such as arrhythmia.

ABPM or 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, also available as a Remote Analysis service, can provide valuable information on elevated blood pressure that can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and heart and kidney dysfunction.

> Timo Hakkarainen
(Published in HighTech Finland 2009)