The German health care system currently faces the challenge of having to provide continued high-quality care nationwide despite a shrinking pool of qualifed physicians. Cooperation structures based on telemedicine can deliver around-the-clock expert knowledge even to regions having a weak infrastructure, and thereby improve the quality of care in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. In tele-intensive care medicine and tele-emergency medicine, a number of international studies and projects in Germany demonstrated that there had been positive results in the care of seriously ill patients. As far as anaesthesiology is concerned, tele-consultations offer the possibility of tailor-made and immediate specialist supervision, ranging from pre-surgical risk evaluation all the way to post-anaesthesiological support. In the area of pain management, telemedicine can equally help to provide timely and individualised care. The Permanent Commission for Teleme-dicine of the German Society of Anaes-thesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) and the German Society of Telemedicine (DG Telemed) suggests a catalogue of minimum requirements for telemedical applications with the goal of facilitating the inclusion of these applications in standard care.
|Translated title of the contribution||Telemedicine in the four pillars of anaesthesiology: Position paper of The German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) and German Society of Telemedicine (DG Telemed)|
|Journal||Anasthesiologie und Intensivmedizin|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|