School of Professional and Continuing Studies








Telemedicine is a system of dynamic collection of various components - medical professionals, information and communication technologies, patients, documents, etc., united by specialized goals and common functions.

This course is designed and aimed both at health professionals and medical professionals who will use the techniques and methods of telemedicine as part of their clinical practice, and for key support to any other participant or interested in the field of telemedicine and / or telehealth.

The lecture material is flexible, as the main starting point is to develop practical knowledge in the field of telemedicine science and practice, competence in the ethical use of telemedicine and teleeducation, as well as technical knowledge to implement a simplified model of telemedicine service. Good examples of successfully implemented by medical practice in Bulgaria and around the world telemedical soluions are also presented and discusses.







Introduction to the scientific filed “Telemedicine”

  • History of telemedicine
  • Concepts, Definitions / acronyms
  • Features of synchronous telemedicine
  • Features of store and forward telemedicine
  • Types of Telemedicine
  • Costs and administration
  • Images, DICOM and PACS
  • Tele-education
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of telemedicine – what evidence?
  • Telemedicine needs assessment
  • Telemedicine evaluation
  • Ethics, law and standards as issues
  • Medical informatics and the Electronic patient record
  • Specialties: Radiology, Dermatology, Home-based Care, Ultrasound, Psychiatry
  • The Futur


Ethics and Law in Telemedicine

  • Patient physician relationship
  • Informed Consent
  • Confidentiality and privacy
  • Quality of care
  • Standards - adequacy and quality of data
  • Continuum of care
  • Data security
  • Liability
  • Licensure
  • Record keeping
  • Protocols
  • Tele-medical Law
  •  Prescriptions and electronic signatures


Setting up venues

  • Set up a telemedicine consultation venue
  • Set up a tele-education videoconference (VC) venue
  • Use and troubleshoot VC equipment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of: the use of video camera technology; camera placement; lighting; angles and framing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the : the use of microphone technology; the range of microphones; microphone set up; and solving audio problems associated with VC
  • Understand the connection of peripheral diagnostic equipment (telestethoscopes, opthalmoscopes, dermascopes, et


Basic Telemedicine Skills – demystifying the world of Technology

  • How do you get access – communication options
  • What skills are needed
  • Basic requirements for PCs
  • Good Practice
  • mHealth
  • Health Information Systems and Medical Informatics
  • Dial up, broad band, wireless, phone cards, phones
  • Modem, LANs, VPN
  • Computers
  • Desktops vs Laptop vs Tablets vs PC vs Smart Phone
  • Sound
  • Memory
  • Monitor
  • Resolution
  • CD/DVDs
  • Storage
  • Hard drives
  • Flash-cards, CD/DVDs
  • Back up, Virus protection, Security
  • Smart Phones
  • PDAs


mHealth – current trends, solutions and development

  • Undesrtanding and changing health behaviors
  • Sensors and technologies
  • mHealth solutions in deffierent medical and healthcare fields - good practices in Bulgaria nand worldwide


Good practices worldwide and Bulgarian experience in telemedical practice





Students who complete this course:


1) will know:

  • they difference between telemedicine, teleeducation and teleconferencing
  • different practical aspects of synchronous and asynchronous telemedicine
  • to identify the main obstacles to the implementation of the telemedicine service in their own country
  • to identify the costs and administration of the telemedicine service


2) will be able to:

  • to offer as part of information support the activities in medical and health institutions telemedicine schemes for labor organization
  • to prepare technical project assignments for telemedical workig solutions



TutorAssoc. prof. Polina Mihova, PhD
Polina Mihova has a PhD in Computer and Communication Technology. She is an associate professor  at the Department of Health care and Social Work since 2010 and a representative of the NBU for the Bulgarian Institute for Standardization (BIS). Her main scientific interests are in the field of Information Systems in Medicine, Telemedicine and Terminological Qualification of Medical Informatics.


The courses lasts 12 hours /online/
Tuition fee: 100 Euro.
The course will be held with a group of 7 people.




For more information:

School of Professional and Continuing Education

New Bulgarian University, Building II, Office 208

21 Montevideo, Blvd.

Sofia, 1618, Bulgaria



Tel.: +3592/ 8110 110 (option 6)

E-mail: uppo@nbu.bg

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