The role of telemedicine in wound management during COVID-19
EWMA Council Member, Luc Teot has written an article on the Telemedicine and Opportunities in Wound Care. An Overview of Solutions for Beginners. According to Teot, “Telemedicine should be considered as the best way to prevent contamination during COVID-19 outbreak and provide the relevant care to chronic wound patients”.
In France, telemedicine was included in the public health code in October 2010. In this article, Luc Teot shares the French experience with implementing telemedicine in wound care and discusses some challenges and solutions in details.
From 2013 to 2015 EWMA was a partner in the EU supported United4Health project which aimed to support large scale deployment of eHealth services in Europe.
At this page we provide links to useful documents for health care professionals or administrators needing information about for example:
The available knowledge base for use of telehealth and telemedicine in wound care
What to consider before implementation
How to handle the challenges related to system interoperability
Available EWMA resources
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Overview document by EWMA and Wounds Australia
As a deliverable for the United4health project, EWMA has published a document on eHealth in wound care: "eHealth in Wound Care - Overview and Key Issues to Consider Before Implementation"
The document includes an introduction to terminology, a method for evaluation of eHealth solutions, an overview of available evidence, a discussion about the barriers and facilitators for the use of eHealth in wound care, and a road map for implementation in clinical practice.
Experiences and publications from other organisations
In this section you can find published material or further information about telehealth and telemedicine services in use i wound managament. Please note that this is not a complete list. If you have information which is relevant to share at this website, please contact the EWMA Secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org
The eMedic project: Baltic region project testing telemedicine supported DFU care
The eMedic project took place from 2011 to 2014 and tested telemedicine services related to diabetes care, including diabetic foot care.
The project was funded by the EU central Baltic Interreg IV A Programme and included hospitals in Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden.
EHTEL is a pan European multi-stakeholder forum providing a leadership and networking platform for European, corporate, institutional and individual actors dedictated to the improvement of healthcare delivery through eHealth.
The Momentum Thematic Network is a platform across which the key players share their knowledge and experience in deploying telemedicine services into routine care so as to build a body of good practice. They are working together to define a Blueprint that validates a consolidated set of methods supporting the telemedicine service implementation process. Recent publications by Momentum are available for free download here
The Personal Connected Health Alliance aims to transform healthcare through personalized, interoperable connected health solutions. Among other things PCHA take technical leadership by publishing the Continua Design Guidelines, an open implementation framework for interoperability of personal connected health devices and solutions.