Telemedicine in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Masic, Izet; Novo, Ahmed
June 2006
Acta Informatica Medica;2006, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p103
Academic Journal
By definition of the association of Tele-health service providers the telemedicine is the provision of health care and education over a distance, using telecommunications technology. The history of telemedicine is characterized by many systems that have failed, or have only lasted a short period of time. A few telemedicine studies include cost data needed to evaluate its effectiveness and those that do rely on faulty methodology, according to a study published in the british Medical Journal in June 2006. Application of Tele-pathology in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) began by the end of 1996 at the institute for the pathologic anatomy of the Medical faculty of Sarajevo in the collaboration with the institute for pathology of the Medical faculty of Zagreb and in the scope of the project SHARED. In this project besides two mentioned institutions have been involved still the institute for radiology and oncology and the Clinic for ophthalmology of the Clinical Centre university of Sarajevo. First steps in introducing Tele-neurosurgery in Bosnia and Herzegovina began in 2005. That year Vamstec station was installed in order to provide communication between neurosurgical clinic in Sarajevo and Cantonal hospital in Travnik. On daily basis two hospitals exchange DICOM compatible neuro-imaging date followed by textual descriptions. In this paper authors described global development of telemedicine and some attempts in BiH. Also we stressed out some very little known effects of the telemedicine as cost-effectiveness, telemedicine in rural areas and investing in telemedicine to improve health\care services. Telemedicine in Bosnia and Herzegovina is getting to have more and more users, but in this moment global application is not possible without wider involvement of all stakeholders in health system and sustainable financial support


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