Background and Objectives: In March 2020, COVID-19 pandemic affected the world. All countries, to limit viral transmission, imposed quarantine. This emergency exerted personal, social, economic, and psychological impact on people. For health systems, was needed to create alternative care pathways. Telemedicine can be helpful to reduce isolation, provide health care services, and monitor virus infections. Italian regions, including Sicily, have activated telemedicine services for management of patients with COVID-19. Objective: The purpose of study is to describe a Sicilian telemedicine model for management of COVID-19 patients, showing results on feasibility, usability and quality of service and patient satisfaction. Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive exploratory study on a telemedicine service for residents in Messina infected by COVID-19. It included monitoring of vital signs and specialist consultations (i.e., doctor, psychologists, social workers, and nutritionist biologists). Results: More than twenty percent (23.8%) of participants used tele-monitoring and tele-counselling services; 14.3% were only telemonitored. Participants judged positively telemedicine service (30% were quiet and 50% were very satisfied), as well as tool (70% were quiet and 10% were very satisfied). Telemonitoring had a low agreement (10% were slightly satisfied and 50% were neutral); tele-counselling had a high rate of satisfaction (40% quiet and 60% were very satisfied). Conclusions: This study showed that telemedicine model for Sicilian population affected by COVID-19 was feasible, easy to use and appreciated by patients. Our promising results allow us to assume that if in Sicily there was a return of the emergency, we would be ready to manage it This system can be the solution to remote management of these patients, to reduce isolation, provide health services, and monitor virus infections. The use of this technology should encourage future research to change the health care system and provides opportunities to ensure health and care for oneself and others.
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