Telemedicine and Perioperative Management of Obese Patients

Nora Terrasini1, *, Francesco Forfori1, Riccardo Taddei1, Erik Arbeid1, TM Hemmerling2, Francesco Giunta1
1 Department of IV Anesthesia, Azienda Ospedaliero – Universitaria Pisana, Pisa, Italy
2 Department of Anesthesia, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

© 2013 Terrasini et al.

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Telemedicine is defined as the delivery of health care and the share of medical knowledge over distance using telecommunications systems. One of the main purposes of telemedicine is to improve accessibility to specialty consultation in remote areas and to reduce the costs of traditional health practices. Telemedicine is used in preoperative assessment and in anesthesia with positive perceptions by patients. Furthermore the possibility to realize transcontinental anesthesia, represents the pathway through which geographical barriers will be no longer limiting factors in high quality health care delivery.

Keywords: Anesthesia, health care, obesity, preoperative assessment, teleassessment, telemedicine.