Doctors of the CCSS perform some 1,270 tele-consultations per year

A team of dermatologists at the Hospital San Juan de Dios observed by a video of a patient’s face to determine the condition of the moles on his face.

From a distance, but with the necessary technology, patient and doctors talk about their skin condition in a telemedicine consultation service of the Social Security Fund (CCSS).

Since the launch of the system in 2004, the entity specialists have performed 10,146 consultations by telemedicine modality for an average of 1,270 visits per year.

For example, the Center for Integrated Health Care (CAIS) in consultation with specialists Puriscal St. John of God through this modality.

In the telemedicine system used computers, cameras, speakers and high definition displays for appointments distance between doctor and patient.

In addition, some medical centers have equipment to play the X-ray images of patients to be examined by a specialist in national hospitals for distance consultation.

Telehealth coordinator, Ana Cristina Chaves Hidalgo said that digitization of radiographs are performed in the hospitals of Guápiles, Greece, Upala, Los Chiles and San Vito, and in Buenos Aires clinics and the CAIS de Cañas.

“With a high resolution monitor, to visualize with great accuracy, radiographs are sent to the respective valuation by specialists. These monitors are located in hospitals; Rafael Angel Calderon Guardia, San Juan de Dios, Mexico and the National Children, “said Chaves.

To date, a total of 42 health centers have telemedicine equipment, including the Calderon Guardia Hospital San Juan de Dios, Mexico, National Children National Geriatrics, Escalante Pradilla, Monseñor Sanabria, Tony Facio, San Vito de Coto Brus and the Centers for Comprehensive Health Care and Puriscal Canas.

Also, the clinics of Golfito, Siquirres, Talamanca, Coto Brus, among others, perform queries using this technological resource.

For telemedicine consultations are offered in specialties such as dermatology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, peripheral vascular, nephrology, orthopedics and pediatric nutrition, among others.

This technology, installed in the CCSS since 2004, is also used to train medical personnel in remote areas.