Saturday, September 6, 2008

Reporting from Scandinavian Hand Surgery Congress

I’ve the pleasure to blog about to the Biennial Meeting of the Scandinavian Hand Society in Helsinki, Finland that took place last week 3.- 5.9.2009.

I had the opportunity to meet with hand surgeons, therapists, exhibitors, and of course the Mediracer team. We had a full day of informative and insightful discussions. One of the themes was the future prospect of One Stop Clinics for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome diagnosis and surgery.

The meeting organized by the Finnish Society for Surgery of the Hand and the Finnish Society of Hand Therapists took place at the comfortable seaside congress hotel Kalastajatorppa just five kilometres from the city centre.

I will write comments from hand surgeons and neurophysiologists:

  • Sahlgrenska sjukhuset, Gothenburg, Finland
  • Kuopio University hospital, Kuopio, Finland
  • Oulu University hospital, Oulu, Finland

The guest speakers represented the most innovative hand surgeons, scientists and hand therapists of recent years in Europe.

The main topics selected from the themes did show the most advancement and innovations or controversy.

The One Stop Clinic is an innovative concept that has to be considered from an Activity Based Costing point of view. Shortening the process from initial carpal tunnel diagnosis by a general practitioner (GP) and rapid advancement through the system for either treatment or hand operation would save both patient suffering, corporate and society health care money.

However, we still have to fight an uphill battle to get out the message of how important it is to have a distributed “nerve conductivity diagnosis” infrastructure.

Mediracer has an important message to those who are responsible for health care cost reductions, but we still struggle with how to get the right people to read and / or listen to the benefits of One Stop Clinics and distributed diagnosis.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A general practitioner, or GP is a medical practitioner who provides primary care and specializes in family medicine. A general practitioner treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education for all ages and both sexes. They have particular skills in treating people with multiple health issues and comorbidities.

The term general practitioner is common in Ireland, the United Kingdom, some other Commonwealth countries, and Bulgaria. In the English-speaking countries the word medical practitioner is largely reserved for certain other types of medical specialists, notably in internal medicine.

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