Portugal in the e-health path

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The work done by GTT (Working Group on Telemedicine) in the last two years, with significant developments in the implementation of telemedicine / telemonitoring in Portugal, was presented at MedeTel Conference, held between 22 and 24 April, Luxembourg. The Working Group on Telemedicine was represented by Miguel Castelo Branco, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hospital Cova da Beira. The article could be uploaded in http://spms.min-saude.pt/blog/2015/04/29/gtt-demonstra-resultados-portug...

Some highlights:
- Covilha welcomes COPD telemonitoring project: COPD telemonitoring is a project developed by the Telemedicine Working Group (GTT) of the SPMS, in partnership with the Hospitals: Viana do Castelo, University of Coimbra (CHUC), Pero da Covilha, Hospital Portalegre / Elvas (ULSNA) and Faro (1st phase).
- Public hospitals surpass private hospitals in the computerization of medical activities
- The president of the central purchasing of the National Health Service (NHS), Henrique Martins, said that the Government wants to increase the use of telemedicine in the Portuguese health facilities. *
- According to the publication, is running a public consultation to choose the companies that will be responsible for providing this technology to the National Health Service. *

* It is "a technology like any other for medical practice and should be available in all health facilities," he said, stressing that the government wants to expand this mechanism to all appointments and exams. "The Ministry of Health spends lots of money on transportation from one side to the other and these sometimes lead people to feel uncomfortable by the time and cost for displacement, as well as some inconvenients such as the need for wake up early," he argued, pointing out that the physical contact between patient and doctor will never disappear. "Physical contact between patient and doctor or nurse, which should be maintained, but there are many other cases, especially in chronically ill patients in the clinical team know the person well, allowing this remote contact that generates savings that can be invested in other services and health areas".