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Virtual assistance is confirmed as an effective tool in monitoring HIV patients
Date:3/14/2011

e specialist, without intermediaries, through the email, without entailing negative effects on clinical management or adherence to antiretroviral therapy.

It is, therefore, the first job in the world that validates a telemedicine project that allows the management of stable HIV infected patients globally via the Internet (consultations, clinical, psychological and social monitoring, medication, quality of life, coordination of the care team).

"Hospital VIHrtual" offers the following online services:

  • Consultations. The patient is visited through two ways by the medical, nursing, psychological, social care and pharmacology team: by video with previous appointments and through e-mail for sporadic consultations. In addition, they can also be visited in the hospital if wished.
  • Management of medication and telepharmacy. In addition to providing information on the treatment of each patient, the program warns of possible changes in therapy and sends medication by conventional post.
  • Information Management. Both program staff and the patient have unlimited access to information about the disease, medications, side effects, news, innovations ... On the Internet there are many data on AIDS and "Hospital VIHrtual" offers verified and validated information to patients through links to other sites and additional information written by the medical staff.
  • Virtual Community. There are two communities within the program, both with news, discussion forums and blogs. One is for health professionals, where they can treat shared clinical cases, and another for patients, where they can detail their personal experiences with others and participate in virtual discussions with the healthcare team.

The patient profile

Today's HIV stable patient is a patient with a normal quality of life, both in the
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Contact: Maria Trenzado
trenzado@clinc.ub.es
34-932-275-700
IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomdiques August Pi i Sunyer
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