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A telehealth integrated asthma-COPD service for primary care: a proposal for a pilot feasibility study in Crete, Greece

Ioanna G Tsiligianni123*, Thys van der Molen2, Nikolaos E Tzanakis34, Nikolaos M Siafakas4, Ellen van Heijst5 and Christos Lionis3

Author Affiliations

1 Agia Barbara Health Care Center, Heraklion, Crete, P.O 70003, Greece

2 Department of General Practice University Medical Centre Groningen, Antonius Deusinglaan 1, P.O 9700 AD, Groningen, The Netherlands

3 Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, P.O 71003, Greece

4 Department of Thoracic Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, P.O 71003, Greece

5 Northern Laboratory service for General practitioners Labnoord, Damsterdiep 191, P.O 9713 EC, Groningen, The Netherlands

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BMC Research Notes 2010, 3:198  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-3-198

Published: 15 July 2010

Abstract

Background

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are considered underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed chronic diseases. In The Netherlands, a COPD-asthma telemedicine service has been developed to increase GPs' ability to diagnose and manage COPD and asthma. A telemedicine COPD-asthma service may benefit Greece as it is a country, partly due to its geography, that does not have easy access to pulmonologists.

Findings

Therefore, a pilot feasibility study has been designed in Greece in order to establish this telemedicine service. Ten rural practices, in the island of Crete, with an average population of 2000 patients per practice will pilot the project supported by three pulmonologists. This paper presents the translated interfaces, the flowcharts and the steps that are considered as necessary for this feasibility study in Crete, Greece.