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Patients give a thumbs-up to videoconferencing for COPD, diabetes education

March 7, 2013 | Howard Lichtman

Story: Susan D. Hall / FierceHealthIT

Participants in a Norwegian study on patient education for COPD and diabetes through videoconferencing gave the program high marks, according to a study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.

The number of participants was small--five in each group--for the six-week trials. The content was based on multidisciplinary outpatient programs offered at the University Hospital of North Norway, but delivered through each patient's home television, which was connected to a computer and a remote.

A staff member met patients in their homes at the beginning to help them set up the equipment and to explain the program.

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