HOTBEDS may be hard to find above the Arctic Circle, but there is one in Norway. University Hospital of Tromsø is getting a lot of attention as a leading center for telemedicine.
Headed by Steinar Pedersen, MD, the hospital, in northern Norway, has integrated telemedicine into specialties and procedures such as dermatology, cardiology, pathology, endoscopy, and radiology, offering access to Norwegians living in many isolated rural communities that are barely accessible during the long winter. Telemedicine is so routine there that in 1996 Norway became the first country to implement a telemedicine fee schedule making such services reimbursable by the national health insurer.
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