Telemedicine programs are widely used in respiratory diseases, more often in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). Telemedicine platforms use several devices to measure vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate, pulsioximetry or blood pressure between others. It is not unusual that patients could do questionnaires about clinical situation or communicate with their nurses via telephone, video-calling and/or Skype. The majority of results has been positive, with reduction in the number of emergency visits, hospitalizations and noninvasive ventilations. Despite their promising results, telemedicine programs/platforms are slow to implement. In this chapter, we reviewed some of the factors related to telemedicine implementation such as patients’ adherence, impact of telemedicine design and professionals' resistance to change between others.
Part of the book: Mobile Health Technologies