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SP0057 Telemedicine - the Role of Technology in Supporting Patients' Choice
  1. M.E. Tumim
  1. Scottish Ambassador, NRAS, Orkney, United Kingdom


  • A brief outline of Orkney's demographics – facts about the hospital containing the dedicated telemedicine facilities and outlining the kind of health service that islanders receive.

  • An explanation of how and why telemedicine was first set up for rheumatology in Orkney – it is believed to be the first telemedicine clinic for rheumatology in the UK. Putting this in a national context regarding NHS targets for treating patients closer to their homes.

  • Explaining how telemedicine is becoming an increasingly useful tool for remote locations and services beleaguered by a scarcity of consultants – describing concerns, potential pitfalls - outlining advantages, e.g reducing the need for travel.

  • Description of my own telemedicine experience in 2012.

  • The technology – using high quality equipment and ensuring that the broadband width is good enough at both ends is paramount.

  • The importance of trust between examiner and consultant – discussion with other health practitioners and patients about possibly extending the existing service.

  • Summary – considering ways in which the telemedicine service in Orkney could be improved upon, and relating this to possible ways to improve the overall effectiveness of telemedicine in support of the patient's choice.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.6136

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