Virtual Lightning Talks: Implementing digital healthcare strategies using telemedicine, AI and virtual reality

11 November, Thursday, 12:30 – 14:00

Hear about innovative programs, projects, and good practices from various organizations thru these lightning talks. Presentations include:

Surviving the COVID waves in the Emergency Department
Presented by: Dr. Marta Castellà Rovira
Anticipating needs with sufficient time to adapt the resources optimally can make assistance more efficient. The management of Emergency Departments (ED), means of an easy-to-use Artificial Intelligence tool.
The APIS predictive platform allows to provide a real-time vision of the situation in all areas of the ED and it uses Machine Learning algorithms to predict the volume of arrivals, occupation, and the needs of hospitalization after urgent care.
The presenter posit that it is time to democratize AI in healthcare, and that in fact it is easier to introduce it in hospitals as support. This will create culture of trust in AI.

Telemedicine, a tool to control chronic patients
Presented by: Dr. Anna Carol Perez Segarra
The main objectives are to implement a telemedicine platform to monitor the patient from home, to prevent and treat disease exacerbations early, to promote the empowerment of the patient, promoting self-control of the daily recorded parameters and symptoms favoring an early detection of decompensation, to assess the patient’s adherence to the program and to reduce hospital admissions due to decompensation.
The presenter believed telemedicine can help in patient follow-up and can contribute to the reduction in the use of health resources.
During 2020, marked by COVID-19 they adapted the service and monitoring of patients.

An innovative telemedicine system to improve antenatal care in low-income countries: report on patients and healthcare workers acceptability in Tanzania
Presented by: Dr. Maria Angelica Rweyemamu
PANDA (Pregnancy and Newborn Diagnostic Assessment) is a telemedicine system that uses mobile technology used to perform quality antenatal care (ANC) visits according to WHO recommendations. The presenter will talk about The role of mHealth in supporting ANC through mobile apps that helps patients and health care workers. As well as the patients and health care workers’ acceptability of the PANDA mHealth during ANC visits in Tanzania.

Redefining the future of healthcare
Presented by: Grace Asmar
The healthcare sector in the UAE has witnessed a boom in the use of telemedicine since the onset of the pandemic. It is because telemedicine consultation provides a safe and secure way for patients to keep up with their appointments and seek medical assistance, while maintaining social distancing.
With the launch of Medcare’s teleMEDCARE and Homecare Services, their patients’ perception of healthcare and how they can access it has been transformed. With a promising number of patients already accessing these services, they look forward to bringing consistent, high-quality healthcare to patients across the country.

Implementation of a telecare program in a Department of Paediatric Rheumatology
Presented by: Dr. Joan Calzada-Hernández
The presentation will show how telecare is a very useful resource in daily clinical practice in Pediatric Rheumatology. Its implementation modifies the reality of care, leading to a successful replacement of face-to-face visits. It allows better patient support and a more efficient organization of healthcare resources. Having a consolidated telecare program has been a major advantage in facing the challenging scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic. The presenter will also highlight the main role of the nurse-case manager and how the institutional support is essential to the success of the telecare program.

Home hospitalization for acute paediatric and exacerbated chronic paediatric patients checked by telemedicine
Presented by: Dr. Astrid Batlle
On November 2019 a new program of Hospital at Home was initiated in the presenter’s Hospital to attend acute patients, mostly respiratory infections and outpatient antibiotic therapy. The use of telemedicine improves families’ satisfaction and facilitates monitoring. The talk will describe the patients’ characteristics and results from the satisfaction survey.

Collaborative information platform smartphone feedback system reporting critical results of diagnostic tests facilitates effective clinical communication and discharge healthcare delivered
Presented by: Hsu Tung Chang
Discharged patients are not easily to be contacted and communicated, requiring private and clear explanation. The presenter attempted to improve this problem from 49.5% to 88.2%, preventing delay patient treatment.  There is still 11.8% gap required to be filled, which allows them to develop more security, friendly and accurate recalling measures, to assure discharge patient recalls.

High-performance ISQua healthcare policies for E-health and E-learning using the MediQapp software tool
Presented by: Dr. Peter Lachman
COVID-19 illustrated the need for digital solutions for the development of high-quality and standardized care that can be maintained by clinical teams.  Digital solutions also need to meet the requirements of external evaluation and accreditation.
We will present a solution developed in Romania, called MediQapp which, through innovative automation, optimizes the management of standardized process documentation in both medical and support fields, provides e-learning and promotes continuous improvement for high-performance quality management. All of these contribute to the accreditation process by ANMCS, the ISQUa accredited Romanian Accreditation organization.

Utility of Virtual Reality technology to enhance quality of patients care and convey of treatment-decision-related knowledge for oral cancer patients
Presented by: Yi-Chen Huang
Surgical removal, either alone or in combination with electric tracheostomy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy surgery is sometimes supplemented with other treatments as necessary according to the clinical cancer staging.
The patients and family may hesitate to make decision to receive appropriate treatment. It is very important to provide understandable information in an efficient way including characteristic of disease, treatment options etc.
Therefore, through virtual reality, we can understand the treatment process in advance before doing various treatments.
Under COVID-19, avoid long-term contact with people. The use of virtual methods in health education can reduce many opportunities for getting along.

Understanding the acceptance of outpatients of Chinese medicine in using the medical assistance information system by applying technology acceptance model
Presented by: Dr. Cheng-Hung Lee
This study applied a modified technology acceptance model to understand the current status (cognitive usefulness, cognitive ease of use, behavioral intentions), system usage acceptance (actual usage behavior), and system usage satisfaction of patients or their main care givers (their family) by using the Medical Assistant Information System. It not only shares how patients or their family use MAIS to self-report to physicians under the raging COVID-19 epidemic, but also explains how TCM physicians applied the diagnostic methods of “inspection” and “interrogation” to make the most appropriate treatment decision-making for reducing the impact of patients’ illness of health.