Video links cut Parkinson's waiting times in Sweden

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A seemingly simple change in the way that doctors communicate has slashed waiting times for Parkinson's disease patients – from six months down to just seven days.

Euronews' Jeremy Wilks travelled to Stockholm to learn more about the innovation work. It is a change which is all about putting to one side the old ways of working, like pen and paper, and moving to new technologies like video links instead. 

Switching to video links has not only cut waiting times to see a specialist, but also reduced unnecessary referrals.

The pioneers of the project are two neurologists, Doctors Anders Johansson and Christian Carlström, supported by the telemedicine team at the Center for Innovation at Karolinska University Hospital.

The project in Stockholm has now been extended to five other neurologists in other parts of Sweden.

 

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