Telemedicine in Lithuania started within the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. First significant projects were with St:Erik Eye Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden (1997), Litmed 1 and Litmed 2 projects between Lithuania and Sweden (2000-2003), RESCEUR /MEDCEUR military exercises (2004), Baltic MedWeb (2001), Lithuanian State Science and Research Fund project (2004-2009), Porto Alegre University, Brasil (2010-2011). The first Head of the Telemedicine centre and initiator of telemedicine activities was Prof. Alvydas Paunksnis, member of the ISFTEH.
Academic and research activities evolved into research and development (EU Eurostars NICDIT project, 2008-2011, Stratelus, Kaunas University of technology, Optomed, Lund University).
A working telemedicine services network has been established in 2010 and is growing, primarily providing services in teleophthalmology.
Lithuanian Telemedicine Association
Lithuanian Telemedicine Association was established in 2012.
Lithuanian Telemedicine Association became the national member of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeh) in 2014.
Prof. Alvydas Paunksnis was the Founding President of the Association, currently he is the First Vice-President of the Association.
Founding members of the Lithuanian Telemedicine Association:
Professor of Ophthalmology, Head of the Telemedicine Centre, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Director, Telemedicine Research Centre
Member, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISFTeH)
Honorary Council Member, European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE)
Romualdas Kizlaitis, Founding First Vice-President and currently President of the Association
Deputy CEO for Information Technologies, Vilnius University Santariskiu Hospital
Professor, Head of Dermatology Clinic, Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Director for Management and Development, Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Director, Kaunas Dainavos Polyclinic
Director, Kaunas Šilainių Polyclinic
Professor, Kaunas University of Technology
Ophthalmology Clinic, Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Director, Kaltinenai Primary Care Centre
Head, Family Clinic of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Kaunas National Clinical Hospital (Respublikinė Kauno klinikinė ligoninė)
Kaunas Šilainių Polyclinic (Kauno Šilainių poliklinika)
President of the Lithuanian Telemedicine Association Prof. Alvydas Paunksnis and Vice-President Romualdas Kizlaitis represented the Lithuanian Telemedicine Association at the 19th ISfTeH International Conference and the 5th Carrefour de la Télésanté that took place at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, France, on 16 and 17 October 2014
Further contacts: email alvydas(c)telemedcentre.com