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Lege Artis Medicinae

APRIL 18, 2020

[Digitally-assisted treatment planning in precision oncology]

PETÁK István, VÁLYI-NAGY István

[The progress of molecular information based on personalized precision medicine has reached a new milestone. Actually, about 6 million mutations of 600 genes may be related to the development of cancer, and on average, 3-4 of these “driver” mutations are present in each patient. Due to the progress in molecular diagnostics, we can now routinely identify the molecular profile of tumors in clinical settings. By clinical translation, there are actually available more than 125 targeted pharmaceuticals and hundreds of such therapies are under clinical trial. As a result, we have many first-line and licenced treatment options to be elected by molecular information as the optimal one for every patient. There is an increasing need for complex informatics solutions by medical software. Geneticists, molecular biologists, molecular pathologists, molecular pharmacologists are already using bioinformatics and interpretation software on their daily work. Today, online digital tools of artificial intelligence are also available for physicians for assisted treatment planning. Telemedicine, videoconferencing provide solutions for interdisciplinary virtual molecular tumor boards, which democratizes the access to precision oncology for all doctors and patients. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 21, 2020

[Teleconsultations in general practice during coronavirus epidemiological emergency]

PAPP Renáta, OBERFRANK Ferenc, BALOGH Sándor

[Modifications of operating the health care belong to the preventive measures of the COVID-19 epidemic. Their priority period was the time interval between March 21, and May 3, 2020. Teleconsultation played an emphasized and dedicated role among General Practitioners (GPs) and the range of health services available through telemedicine was published by the legislation. In the present study, we evaluated the experiences of GPs according to the mandatory family practice guidelines in this period using electronically administered questionnaires sent back by the GPs themselves. 83% of respondents considered that the number of patients consulted by teleconsultations increased significantly if contrasted to the pre-epidemic period. Of the tools used in teleconsultation, all respondents mentioned the telephone, 85.5% mentioned e-mail, while 40% also included social media applica­tions. Prescribing drugs to known chronic patients and documentation were most feasible without face-to-face ap­pointment. 96.5% of GPs responded that they are ready to use teleconsultation even after the epidemiological emergency. We conclude that the GPs met the requirements and responded quickly to the introduction of telemedicine in the epidemiological emergency, which reduced effectively personal contacts in the health care, and according to the feedbacks, “remote” cases got solved successfully. Additionally, telemedicine has also its place in the GP offices in terms of patient care and specialist consultations as well. The implementation of telemedicine is expected to provide opportunities for more rational patient care and management. The development of telemedicine protocols is necessary and actual to support patient safety and medical responsibility.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

[Treatment and care of hypertensive patients during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. Possibilities and effectiveness of telemedicine]

KÉKES Ede, SZEGEDI János, VÁLYI Péter

[The course and outcome of an pandemic caused by coronaviruses are determined by many factors, such as the strength and dose of the infectious virus, the immune system of the affected individual, the underlying diseases, the speed of virus spread, age and environmental factors and methods of control. In old age, there is a significantly higher risk of developing severe cases and fatalities. The rate of loss of life is particularly high in social care and nursing homes. Hypertension as the underlying disease is the most common cause of death, but hypertension alone is not an independence risk factor, but the main reason is the co-morbidities and complications associated with viral infection. In the epidemic situation, the treatment and care of hypertensive patients poses special challenges for health and active primary and specialist care workers and, of course, for hypertonologists. The Hungarian Society of Hypertension expressed its opinions and recommendations to patients living at home and to doctors performing treatment and care during the Covid-19 virus epidemic and summarized the decision-making possibilities derived from the data obtained during the telemedicine consultation. We would like to present the details of the possibilities provided by telemedicine, the practical possibilities and advantages of the different methods of teleconsultation, and the models that can be implemented in a domestic environment. We have taken into account international experience to date, the new e-health strategy for chronic, non-communicable diseases and the WHO concept. Telemedicine, continuous teleconsultation ensures an optimal relationship between the patient and the doctor, increases the patient’s sense of security, improves drug adherence. The doctor receives reliable data about the patient’s condition and can send him instructions as well as information. The development of a harmonious balance between personal contact and telecommunications already shows the future, and the application of these methods must be developed in the epidemic-free period as well. Previous international (TASMINH-4, HOMED-BP etc.) and domestic (CONADPER-HU) studies have proved that telemonitoring of hypertensive patients can be successfully solved, improves patients’ drug adherence, increases the target blood pressure achievement rate and at the same time the patient will be the active part of the treatment. The method is especially useful in rural settlements without a doctor. Telemedicine monitoring of elderly and multimorbid patients is especially useful in social institutions and nursing homes. It is solved the continuous control of vital functions, ensures continuity of contact with the supervising physician and in urgent cases, allows for rapid intervention. Telemedicine is also of great importance due to the lack of human resources, as many things can be solved with such technology, there are no need so many personal encounters. In addition to influencing the course of this pandemic, it also plays an important role in efficiency, headcount, management and “convenience” in general practice and in all formes of medicine. The proposed models can not only be applied in an epidemic situation, but should continue to be part of everyday health work in future.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

[Hungarian Hypertension Registry. Different methods and effects of increasing physician-patient cooperation on target blood pressure]

SZEGEDI János, KÉKES Ede, KISS István

[The life expectancy, the mortality and the development of complications of hypertensive patients are fundamentally influenced by the treatment, the effectiveness of care and physician-patient cooperation, the achievement of target blood pressure. Based on the database of the Hungarian Hypertonia Registry, we present three examples of the effect of different solutions for physician-patient cooperation on increasing the blood pressure target. During the two years between 2005 and 2007, we used a complex, versatile method of increasing the patient’s adherence in treated hypertensive patients (17,114 males and 21,772 women), with information, education, home-blood pressure diary, and continuous, regular physician- patient communication (sms, green phone line, website). The target blood pressure was significantly increased from 38.8% to 43.9%, and the rate of growth was higher in women. The increase was also significant in the elderly (over 70 years). In the first quarter of 2011, we launched a wide-ranging education and patient support campaign for 28,018 hypertensive patients under the ‘Everywhere Good, Best Home!’ subprogram for promoting of home blood pressure measurement and its use in therapy. 81.3% of the patients had completed the diaries under ther observation period, the full completion of the diaries was 91.3%. At the end of the third month, the target blood pressure of 135/85 mmHg for HBPM increased from baseline 21.2% to 48.8%. Growth was significant (P <0.001). In the year 2015-2016 we started a one-year, multicentric, prospective, observational study, in which 7735 patients aged 18-64 years were included from the database of Hungarian Hypertension Registry. In the non-active group (3313 people), treated hypertensive patients were controlled according to the traditional care program so far, while the active group members (4422) participated in an intensive care program with telemedicine (smart phone application) and other helping opportunities. The control was done at the end of 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after the start. In the active group, blood pressure dier was done by smart phone and every month, in the non-active group, paper logging was done every 3 months. In the active group, the blood pressure dieries were filled with smart phone every month and in nonactive group the paper dieries only every 3 months. Patient adherence was high in both groups (around 70%) and in the active group was greater than in the nonactive group. Target blood pressure (<140/90 mmHg) in the active group increased from 53.8% to 73.4% and in the non-active group from 49.9% to 68.1%. Studies have shown that patient interaction is determined by good communication between the care team and the patient, success of home blood pressure monitoring. The communicative ability of the care team (physician-nurse pharmacist) greatly influences the achievement of the therapeutic target. Modern telecommunications is another useful option.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

[Hypertension and atrial fibrillation. Part 3. Screening of atrial fibrillation with active involvement of patients. New telemedicine devices]

KÉKES Ede

[In the early detection of atrial fibrillation, new devices and methods with smart phone applications for patients’ self-control a regaining increasing role. The author provides a detailed description of a number of reliable, validated - working on smart phones or without her solutions - equipment with pulse or ECG recording and the irvalue in every day clinical practice. They promote closer physician - patient cooperation and signal the future of prevention and care of atrial fibrillation. In the early detection of atrial fibrillation, new devices and methods with smart phone applications for patients’ self-control a regain in gin creasing role.]

Hypertension and nephrology

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

[Methods of using telemedicine devices (smartphones, tablets) during home blood pressure measurement]

KÉKES Ede

[Despite the use of advanced antihypertensive drugs, patients with hypertension are still insufficient to reach the target blood pressure. In this area, home blood pressure measurement was a significant step forward, but it is not at all how the method of home blood pressure measurement is done, on the other hand, it needs to be much closer to the doctor-patient relationship. This is the goal of introducing telemedicine tools and methods into the every day clinical practice. Three methods are known: In the first one the user uses a special application on the smartphone and writes your data into the smartphone. Solution 2 is that data are automatically transferred from the measuring device into the smartphone in the third, the smartphone itself performs the measurement. Really, the first application can be disseminated with a broadly compatible doctor-patient collaboration strategy.]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[The role of telemedicine is to help the optimal patient-doctor cooperation in the treatment of hypertension]

KÉKES Ede, SZEGEDI János, †KISS István

[Telemedicine is now an indispensable part of healthcare and has overtaken the development of hospital information systems. Modern basic and specialized care requires the development of a state-of-the-art communication system between the patient and the physician. One of the main reasons for this is the attempt to raise the level of disease to a higher level, increase the level of prevention and care, involve the patient in the treatment, and care process as an active participant. The latter as a demand is growing ever since the various forms of telecommunication are becoming more and more informed. The technical solutions of telemedicine appear in two forms: In one, the signs and the values of the medical devices (sensors) through the various telecommunication systems are transmitted to the physician. The other solution is using smart phones and other devices (iPad, tablet), where patients send signals, data, and symptoms to your doctor. However, patient information (eg diet, lifestyle, etc.) and instructions from your doctor may arise, a continuous medical consultation can be established in which the patient is a doctor’s partner. This solution is promoted by the rapid spread of telecommunication tools in all layers of society. Authors present the methods of both solutions and details the practical aspects of telemedicine methods in hypertension disease.]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[Measurement and value of blood pressure variability in increasing the number of patients reaching target blood pressure goal in hypertension]

KÉKES Ede, JÁRAI Zoltán, PAKSY András, KISS István

[The authors evaluate the indexes and their usefulness of the short term (ABPM), medium and long term measurement of the blood pressure variability in the care phase of the hypertensive population in Hungary by using a one-year multicentre prospective observational study. The population was split into two parts: in the active group, telemedicine tools were used to maximize the patientphysician relationship and patient education, their own activity. In the non-active group, traditional care took place. Among these, 6725, 18-64 years and 1005, 65 + years of hypertensive patients were analysed. At the start of the study, ABPM was performed in 243 cases. 1407 diabetic hypertensive patients were compared to non-diabetic patients. They have analysed previous international and domestic experiences. In the present study, the reduction of systolic and diastolic blood pressure variability was successful and significant in the 18-64 age group during the whole patients’ care phase, but a larger systolic variability reduction in the active group was achieved. In the 65+s, the systolic variability reduction was found to be significant, but the variability indexes in the active group were also smaller. In the 65+s, the diastolic variability did not change significantly in either group. In diabetic hypertension, variability indices were only reduced to 12 months. It could be clearly demonstrated that a high-level physician patient relationship has a beneficial effect on blood pressure fluctuation in hypertensive patients.]

Hypertension and nephrology

AUGUST 20, 2018

[The CONADPER-HU program. Objective and methodology of the program. Patients. Basaline data]

KISS István, ALFÖLDI Sándor, BARNA István, JÁRAI Zoltán, SIMONYI Gábor, SZEGEDI János, PAKSY András, UGRAI Péter, KÉKES Ede

[The aim of the study was to increase the rate of target blood pressure and reduce blood pressure variability. This dual objective ensures optimal therapeutic success. In order to reach this goal, we wanted to increase the care of patients with hypertension by increasing patient-physician-assistant cooperation and providing telemedicinal devices.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

[Telemedicine care for high-risk hypertensive patients with antihypertensive for reaching better blood pressure target ratio and smaller blood pressure variability]

KISS István, ÁDÁM Ágnes, HERCZEG Béla, MATOLTSY András, POÓR Ferenc, SZEGEDI János, VÁRALLYAY Zoltán, PAKSY András, KÉKES Ede

[Telehealth care of high-risk hypertensive patients for a better target blood pressure and smaller size blood pressure fluctuation. Authors conducted a one-year, multicentre, prospective, observational study with no intervention. Their aim was to achieve better targeting and smaller blood pressure fluctuation in patients with high risk hypertensive patients with the new type of doctorpatient co-operation and telemedicinal care than the conventional control method. In the active group, 50 patients, in the non-active group 47 treated hypertensive patients were analysed. During the observation period (1 year) the mean (± SD) of the systolic blood pressure decreased from 143.3 (15.1) mmHg to 134.5 (9.2) mmHg in the active group, but in the non-active group there was no significant decrease. The target blood pressure (< 140/90 mmHg) could be increased from 46% to 62%. The two characteristics of interpersonal visit-to-visit variability index. The standard deviation (SD) and variation coefficient (VC) showed a significant decrease in the active group. There was no change in the inactive group. A method supported by telemedicine-assisted and better patientphysician- assistant co-operation is suitable for increasing target blood pressure rates and reducing blood pressure fluctuation.]