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Professor Claudio Azzolini chaired the roundtable on digital medicine at the 23rd Infopoverty World Conference

Nowadays, telemedicine is increasingly utilized. In fact, according to "Now Health International" statistics, telemedicine adoption increased by 44% between 2015 and 2019, and approximately 80% of individuals have accessed care through telemedicine at least once in their lives. Moreover, among millennials, 74% prefer teleconsultations over in-person appointments.

Over the past 25 years, telemedicine has overcome barriers such as reliability, slowness and cost, but there are still challenges regarding organizational adoption and the need for resources in emerging countries.

The roundtable chaired by CLAUDIO AZZOLINI, Founder of Eumeda Telemedicine Platform, AS, Insubria University, Varese-Como, Italy CLAUDIO AZZOLINI, Founder of Eumeda Telemedicine Platform and AS at Insubria University, aimed to explore the capabilities of digital technologies in healthcare, and underscores the importance of aligning technology with healthcare administration and securing funding from various sources.


“Telemedicine is a name coined 25 years ago. We have a lot of telemedicine programs, and each of them has its own peculiarities. We had a lot of projects of telemedicine in the past, but we had a lot of past entry barriers, that were poorer reliability, slowness, and cost of telecommunication. All these 3 points have been overcome. Today we have other types of entry barriers, that are organization and a poor willingness to do, that are surmountable.
This roundtable aims to discuss the purposes that we have, we have to understand what digital technologies can do nowadays. We see many other practical examples of procedures that we have around the world. Our challenges are to find a point of union between technology and healthcare administrators and to find resources for emerging countries. Telemedicine doesn’t cost a lot, and we can find these resources from governments, companies, flight companies, and so on.

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