Remote consultations and remote physiotherapy to be tested in five towns
Sep 5, 2018
A pilot project was launched in early September at the FSHS units at Rauma, Rovaniemi, Vaasa, Pori and Joensuu to assess the use of remote diagnostic tools during remote consultations. Our Rovaniemi, Kuopio, Joensuu and Vaasa sites are also pilot testing a remote physiotherapy service. The pilot projects will run until the end of 2018.
The patient will visit a nurse in the normal way and, if necessary, a GP will give a diagnosis over a remote link (a remote consultation). The nurse will have access to remote diagnostic tools, including an otoscope (for ear examinations), a stethoscope, a dermatoscope (for skin examinations) and an HD camera. The visual and audio material provided by these tools will be sent direct to the computer of the GP, who can then make a diagnosis. Remote physiotherapy involves the use of a remote diagnostic tool – a camera – to allow the physiotherapist to interact with the patient via a Skype link.
When a student books an appointment, he or she will be informed that this will be a remote consultation. Such appointments can only be rescheduled or cancelled by phoning the unit’s service number well in advance. Otherwise, the visit is an ordinary visit and does not require any particular preparation.
We are developing remote consultations and physiotherapy in response to students’ needs. The FSHS aims to provide the same level of services for all students, for example by developing its digital services.