Televisita: the second phase of the project has started thanks to the VRT Foundation

13/01/2021 By

The second part of the project that led Trentino to start experimenting with remote visiting in various specialties is being funded.

But let’s take a step back.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions, scheduled outpatient visits, with the presence of both the doctor and the patient, have undergone significant slowdowns in recent months due to organizational-structural limitations. Among these, the pre-triage stations at facility entrances, the small spaces where patients can wait or be visited, the need to reduce the potential opportunities for infection spread, with increased room sanitizing procedures at each service and compliance with “social distancing”, but also the lack of staff. The Autonomous Province of Trento, when resuming outpatient specialist activities, shared the opportunity to activate, among the general prevention measures, an innovative telemedicine service, effectively extending the traditional visit beyond the “usual” physical spaces. To do this, it was necessary to reorganize the health care network, facilitating the provision of remote services through digital devices, the Internet and new remote communication systems.
Thanks to these tools, people can use health services safely, without having to go to healthcare proider facilities. Treatments are therefore accessible through a secure exchange of information, images and documents between healthcare professionals and patients, providing, in some areas, the same care received during the standard face-to-face visit.

But what is a virtual visit?

With virtual visit we mean a tool, a service, offered by the health service that allows patients to contact and interact with the doctor remotely. The patient, with the support of the caregiver if necessary, can be visited by the specialist or general practitioner, even with the help of another healthcare professional who is close to the patient, and can receive indications and prescriptions for drugs or treatments.

During a virtual visit, a healthcare professional who is close to the patient can assist the doctor. If this visit, although provided remotely, ensures all the requirements of the in-office visit, it can be considered as a specialist service under current regulations.

VRT Foundation continues to invest in the Trentino area, continuing to help
Trentino-based research that helps people.
The challenge that the Trentino Research Enhancement Foundation, two years after its inception,
is addressing today is to help enhance and accelerate more advanced research and technologies – developed in Trentino-based research centers, universities and incubators – that are able to guarantee social utility for the local area. Hence our mission, helping research that helps people.
A principle that translates into tangible support actions, as appears from the calls approved in 2020 andfrom the new calls that will be issued in 2021.
At the end of the last 2020 call launched November 18 in the last session of the Board of Directors on December 4, 2020, the projects received were evaluated by a Technical Management Committee composed of APCO professionals – Italian Professional Association
Management Consultants chaired by Eng. Livio Lavelli. Relative to this announcement:
– 9 are the projects deemed worthy of funding (see the detailed list below) with the allocation of 180,000 euros
– 60 expressions of interest received
– 24 projects were considered worthy of evaluation in the crucial sectors
such as Epidemiology, Virology, Genomics, Telemedicine, Virtual visit,
Telerehabilitation for Trentino, Advanced Diagnostics and development of Covid19 rapid diagnostic KITs,
Distance learning for Trentino schools, Technologies for distancing to protect people’s health, start Innovative Startups with high social utility, Special call for innovation for the mountains.

The 9 projects that the VRT Foundation intended to enhance with the last call have all in common research and innovative technologies developed in Trentino that demonstrate the important impact in terms of social utility for people.


Televisita in Trentino for frail patients. TeStl – virtual visits and innovative tools
for a better remote management of fragile patients
Fondazione Bruno Kessler (head Stefano Forti).

The objective of the TeStI project – Virtual visits and innovative tools for a better remote management of frail patients, is to enhance the effectiveness of virtual visits through the supply of a number of technology devices able to provide the healthcare provider with objective data on the patient’s health status. The possibility of using remote visitsthat allows Trentino citizens to be followed up more punctually even at their homes have been increased.


About the Author

Marzia Lucianer: Marzia Lucianer, giornalista scientifica, responsabile Press Office and Digital Communication di TrentinoSalute4.0