National Telemedicine Network
National Telemedicine Network Health services
National Telemedicine Network
Provision of health services to islands of the Aegean.
The need
The ‘National Telemedicine Network’ project completed by the OTE Group, provides health services that correspond to those of major urban centres to residents and visitors of distant islands of the Aegean. The network includes 43 telemedicine units that connect health centres on islands of the Aegean to central hospitals in Piraeus and other regions.
The solutions
Equipment
Every telemedicine unit consists of a specially designed chamber, a high definition camera, a monitor and special medical instruments, which transmit the results of the examinations live.
Direct communication
Doctors and patients on islands can communicate directly with doctors/consultants at Athens hospitals, without having to travel.
Automatic access to data
Every intern-consultant can now have automatic access to all examination results.
Tele-training
Provision of tele-training capabilities for medical, nursing and administrative staff in real time.
The telemedicine units created by the OTE Group for the Administration of the 2nd Health District of Piraeus & the Aegean, using Cisco technology, have been installed at 30 island health centres and 12 regional and central hospitals. At the same time, one unit has been placed at the operations centre of the Ministry of Health. The islands covered by the telemedicine network are Amorgos, Andros, Astypalaia, Icaria, Ios, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Kythira, Kos, Leros, Limnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Nisyros, Oinousses, Paros, Patmos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Sifnos, Symi, Syros, Tinos, Fournoi and Chios.
The benefits
Real time service
Remote examination and diagnosis services ensure the provision of health services to those in need and who cannot easily access medical units. This limits unnecessary travel and air-lifts for patients.
Lowering expenses
The ‘National Telemedicine Network’ project minimises transportation and hospitalisation expenses.
Remote training
Island residents covered by the network ay receive remote training or information on medical matters.
Expansion of the National Telemedicine Network

The expansion of the National Telemedicine Network (EDIT) to 22 additional islands of the north and south Aegean was undertaken by the OTE Group and Intracom Telecom. Of the overall 28 new telemedicine stations to be installed, 26 will be located at the island Health Centres, one at the EKAB (National Emergency Aid Centre) air medevac centre in Elefsina and one at the Detention Centre of Kos. 90 home monitoring systems will be created in the framework of the project for patients, whose transfer to the island Health Centres is difficult. After its expansion,  EDIT will have a total of 71 telemedicine units, which will connect 52 islands of the Aegean with central hospitals of Attica and the district.
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