Lithuania plans to launch telemedicine services for district and regional hospitals as of next year.
Telemedicine services to be launched next year
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According to Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, a pilot project will be launched this year and three telemedicine centers will be established at three country-level (republican) hospitals.

"We believe Lithuania has matured for such a solution," Veryga told a press conference on Thursday.

Under the initial, Kaunas Clinics, Santara Clinics and the Republican Vilnius University Hospital will have three emergency rooms at district or regional hospitals they will consult and provide teleconsultations to, and also monitoring services, if necessary.

Regional medical establishment will use mobile equipment with the possibility to connect diagnostics instruments, for example, otoscopes, ophtalmoscope, ultrasound machines tec.

A consultant doctor at the country-level hospital will be able to evaluate a patient's state, prescribe tests, amend the treatment plan and provide recommendations on further tests and treatment.

The major telemedicine centers will be also exchange information, thus creating conditions to consult each other or hospitals in other areas.

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