By December 2022, 30 million Brazilians will be consulted by telemedicine, according to estimates by the Brazilian Association of Telemedicine and Digital Health Companies (Saúde Digital Brasil) earlier this year. Representatives from the panel on the need to regulate the new frontiers of telemedicine and health services had strengthened the data, which took place at the Telessaúde Brasil program promoted by the Ministry of Health.
In the discussion, moderated by the Executive Director MetropolisLillian Tahan highlighted the progress that has been made in meeting these short, medium and long term demands. Among them, Resolution No. 2,314 / 2022 of the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM), which defines and regulates telemedicine in Brazil, and the federal government’s signatures on ordinances regulating telehealth and UBS digital in public networks.
According to the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queroga, these actions are important and must be done at the same time to strengthen the service rendered to the population. “What we have done is to consolidate existing policies. Now is the time to improve regulation, to avoid unnecessary displacement of patients, and to take telecommunications specialists for primary care. In short, digital health is a right of all and it is the duty of the state to make it all happen.
Another issue raised was Bill 2020 of 1998, which authorizes and defines the practice of telemedicine throughout the national territory, which is now pending in the Federal Senate, in collaboration with Senator Veneziano Vital do Rego (MDB / PB). It is expected that Federal Deputy Pedro Villa (PSDB / AL), one of those responsible for the proceedings in the chamber, will discuss the proposal soon. “This is a very important and urgent project, and in addition to the patient’s rights, senators need to approve and pursue to guarantee professional access to health care and the use of remote control.” Himself ”, highlighting parliamentarians at a program on the subject in Brasilia (DF).
According to Wilson Scholnik, president of the Brazilian Association of Diagnostic Medicine, the project meets the demands and realities of the field and will allow more people to take special care. “For example, in the context of telepathology, we know that the number of professionals working in this field in remote areas is low. With the proposal, there is great potential for expansion by contributing to Brazil’s health,” he noted.
Although the CFM certified telemedicine as one of the methods of practicing the business and recognized the growth of the practice as positive, the representatives of the constituents, in the program, underlined the importance of not completely abandoning the method face to face.
“Telemedicine brings quality, access, it is here to stay, to promote integration into health systems, but it should not take the place of the people. We want it to be maintained in every small town.
Nurses, doctors, if necessary, access other professionals through this technology, “said Donizetti Dimer, CFM’s counselor.
They also emphasize that whether or not to use this method, whether in first contact or in follow-up activities, is the sole decision of health professionals. “CFM is one of the key issues of resolution: medical autonomy, based on patient care. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
CFM resolution no. One of the salient features of 2,314, which authorizes and regulates the use of telemedicine, is the need to record these services in medical records, and the protection and integrity of the data (files and images) collected in these consultations. The purpose of the text is to guarantee the ethical principles of the profession as well as the safety and privacy of the patient.
When asked about the case, Conexa Saúde’s medical adviser, Roberto Botelho, pointed out that this is a common concern for the entire region and assured that the risks of data insecurity would be addressed with advanced technical antidotes.
“One of them is Web 3.0, which will decentralize data, especially through blockchain, and in doing so, it will have complete control over it, making it more difficult to take it down,” he said.
Blockchain is a shared, unchanging data storage system that simplifies the process of recording information and tracking it over a network. It works by separating pieces of code that require other parts, such as blocks, to load the entire data, making it difficult to hack or destroy.