Telemedicine Health professionals are aware that there are many patients who, due to responsibility, cannot go to the hospital or their health centers, but who need care or medical controls for the good evolution of their disease or simply to rule out more serious problems of Health.
For them and thinking of them, doctors and nurses from all over Spain have mobilized and created different initiatives for which, voluntarily and free of charge, they offer their services in different medical specialties. This is one more example of what healthcare professionals are capable of.
In this way, social networks have become a fundamental tool for those who, out of fear, precaution or responsibility (#yomequedoencasa), do not go to health centers. Unfortunately, there are many people affected by the coronavirus who resort to this telemedicine alternative, but there are also many patients who have other pathologies that are ongoing and need to be controlled or even diagnosed.
doctors freteal COVID is one of these actions. Through it, doctors from the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI) and the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (Semfyc), in collaboration with DKV, come together to offer clinical advice online altruistically to patients and to help, in their spare time or quarantine, to combat the current epidemiological situation in Spain due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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It is a way of “contributing to decongesting hospital emergencies, to prevent possible collapse situations,” they point out from both societies. As Salvador Tranche, president of Semfyc explains to CuídatePlus, “telemedicine is increasingly important, but at the moment, it is key, due to the recommendation not to leave home.” “All those non-face-to-face communication systems that help reduce contact between patients and healthcare providers are essential,” he says.
This initiative is focused on clearing doubts in the event of minor cases or minor symptoms and which, in no case, is intended to replace urgent care that serious cases may require that require in-person support and assessment. To access it, users will have to download the application I want to take care of myself on their mobiles, from which they will access the teleconsultations. It works with both Android and IOS and “access is free for anyone who is interested, regardless of whether they are a member of DKV or not,” says Tranche.
After registering, “a chat opens where an assigned doctor immediately appears with whom the patient can chat and to whom he / she can consult / s as he / she deems appropriate”, explains the president of Semfyc in detail. It is important to note that personal and clinical data, both from doctors and patients, “are treated with strict confidentiality and will be deleted once the pandemic has passed,” guarantees the president of Semfyc.
So far, there are more than 800 doctors from both scientific societies that offer their services 24 hours a day. Although the action was devised to clear doubts about COVID-19, the reality is very different. “Surprisingly, the majority of consultations do not refer to the new coronavirus but come from patients with chronic health problems who are afraid to go to the health center or who have doubts about what to do while confined.”
Other consultations they receive, although to a lesser extent, are related to the appearance of some symptoms such as cough, runny nose or to ask about what they have to do to protect themselves from the virus. In the case of consultations for medical problems that are not related to COVID-19, doctors “act by guiding the patient on what to do” and, if necessary, “will recommend that they go to their health center or to hospital”.
It should be emphasized that, currently, “all health centers have two healthcare circuits, one for patients with respiratory symptoms, and the other for patients with other health problems, so that assistance continues to be maintained also for patients with other different problems to the coronavirus ”. But this is not the only initiative of doctors against the coronavirus. As expressed by Mónica Lalanda, a doctor who has promoted the Facebook page Medicos Solidarios Online, “these are times for flexibility, creativity and creating community”.
What started with an innocent tweet offering to answer questions, in a few hours became more than 100 professionals willing to help, which led to the creation of a Facebook page. Another page is Health at home we want to help you devised by Mónica Nieto, from the Intensive Medicine Service of the San Carlos Clinic, in Madrid.
In it, it invites doctors from different specialties or nurses who are at home due to sick leave, quarantine or for other reasons (retirees or specialists with less healthcare pressure) who can “cover” the health issues that patients continue to have and that They do not know where to go to avoid going to the hospital or their usual doctor. All of these actions are a way of telling patients that “even if they stay home, they are not alone,” concludes Tranche.