How telemedicine integrated into China’s anti-COVID-19 strategies: case from a National Referral Center
Author(s)Li, Peiyi; Liu, Xiaoyu; Mason, Elizabeth; Hu, Guangyu; Zhou, Yongzhao; Li, Weimin; Jalali, Seyed Mohammad Javad; ... Show more Show less
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Introduction: We present the integration of telemedicine into the healthcare system of West China Hospital of Sichuan University (WCH), one of the largest hospitals in the world with 4300 inpatient beds, as a means for maximising the efficiency of healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.Methods: Implemented on 22 January 2020, the telemedicine technology allowed WCH providers to conduct teleconsultations, telerounds, teleradiology and tele-intensive care unit, which in culmination provided screening, triage and treatment for COVID-19 and other illnesses. To encourage its adoption, the government and the hospital publicised the platform on social media and waived fees.Discussion: From 1 February to 1 April 2020, 10557 online COVID-19 consultations were conducted for 6662 individuals; meanwhile, 32676 patients without COVID completed virtual follow-ups. We discuss that high-quality, secure, affordable and user-friendly telemedical platforms should be integrated into global healthcare systems to help decrease the transmission of the virus and protect healthcare providers from infection.
DepartmentSloan School of Management
BMJ Health & Care Informatics
Li, Peiyi et al. "How telemedicine integrated into China’s anti-COVID-19 strategies: case from a National Referral Center." BMJ Health & Care Informatics 27, 3 (August 2020): e100164 © 2020 Author(s)
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