HumanInsight The use and role of telemedicine in maternal fetal medicine around the world: an up-to-date
Health Technol (Berl). 2023 Feb 21:1-8. doi: 10.1007/s12553-023-00742-6. Online ahead of print.
PURPOSE: The aim of this narrative review is to sumarize data about the use and role of telemedicine in maternal fetal medicine (MFM).
METHODS: We searched pubmed and scopus to find articles about telemedicine in MFM by using the terms telmedicine or telehealth and maternal fetal medicine.
RESULTS: Telehealth has been widely used for several medical specialties. During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, telehealth has gained investment and further research. Even though telemedicine in MFM has not been frequently applied, from 2020 onwards it has increased in both implementation and acceptance worldwide. The need to screen the patients in overloaded centers in a pandemic scenario required telemedicine in MFM, which has exhibited consistently good results concerning health and budget. The aim of this study was to review the telehealth programs and research focused on MFM around the world. Few studies have been applied to MFM and even fewer in developing and undeveloped countries. The majority of studies were concentrated in the USA and in Europe.
CONCLUSION: Further research is needed, especially in non-developed countries, to comprehend the potential role of telemedicine in MFM for improving the life quality of the patients, health professionals, and to be cost-efficient.
PMID:36846740 | PMC:PMC9942621 | DOI:10.1007/s12553-023-00742-6
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