President of the Portuguese Telemedicine Association
Cardiologist and President of the Portuguese Telemedicine Association
Eduardo Manuel Alçada da Gama Castela, born in Coimbra.
Specialist in Pediatric cardiology at Hospital Pediátrico de Coimbra – CHUC
He founded the Pediatric Cardiology Service (SCP)
Dr. Castela was nominated Director of Services till November 16, 2017.
He started the Telemedicine project in 1995.
The first “teleconsultation” was in 1998 in collaboration with district hospitals in which national and PALOP’s pediatrics, cardiologists, and obstetricians were able to develop knowledge and skills and
The Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes e dos PALOP, supported by the PT and ARS, was founded 20 years ago and it reunites all the District Hospitals of the Region. Giving equal access to pediatric and fetal cardiologic to utentes of the Center Region, which later extended to the north of the country and PALOP was a priority.
He organized courses, congresses, and other educational reunions to Angola, Cape Verde, and S.Tomé.
In 2006 the protocol that created the “Telemedicine Urgences Services 24/24h” was signed with all the district hospitals connected to the project.
He coordinated reunions and scientific meetings and has achieved notorious developments for pediatric cardiology and the Central Region of the country.
“Fetal cardiology did not exist, transesophageal echocardiography and telemedicine, project that idealised and without it, it wouldn’t exist so soon.” Service of Paediatrics Cardiology in the Central Region”
Member of the following Commissions:
National Commission of Maternal and Child Health nominated by the MS
National Technical Commission for Prenatal Diagnosis nominated by DGS
Member of the Board of Fundação Portuguesa de Cardiologia Centro/ the Portuguese Foundation of Cardiology – Center
Registered in Ordem dos Médicos/ the Medical Association, with nº 19684
Senior Pediatric Cardiology Specialist
Member of Sociedade Portuguesa de Pediatria/ the Portuguese Society of Pediatrics
Member of the Pediatric Cardiology Section of the Portuguese Society of Pediatrics
Founding Member of the Child Health Association of Coimbra (ASIC)
Member of Associação de Saúde Infantil de Coimbra / the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Member of the Board of Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia/ the Portuguese Foundation of Cardiology-Center
Member of the Echocardiography Study Group/Doppler-Portugal
President of Associação Portuguesa de Telemedicina / the Portuguese Association of Telemedicine/TeleHealth (APT)
Member of the Filiale de Echocardiographie de la Société Française de Cardiologie
Member of the Center for Perinatal Studies
The SCP was recognized as a Service of Excellence by the Hospital Center of Coimbra.
Dr.Eduardo Castela received the following awards from the Minister of Health:
Hospital of the Future Award - 2006
Hospital of the Future Award - 2007
Best Practices Award - 2008
Tribute of the City Council of Coimbra, recognizing the work and 10 years of Telemedicine/Telehealth.
- Individual awards
D. Dinis Award (outstanding personalities in the Center Region) - 2009
Merit Award by Associação Saúde em Português - 2009
Prestige Award by Diário das Beiras – 2013
Named Professional of the Year by the Rotary Club of Coimbra- 2017
Distinguished by the Minister of Health with the Medal of Professional Merit, Gold, 2018
In 1991, Doctor Castela created the Fetal Cardiology consultation in Coimbra. And he implemented transesophageal echocardiography, which was an unknown practice in Portugal till that time, in adult and pediatric cardiology.
In 1998 the Telehealth service, with the support of Portugal Telecom, was extended to all district hospitals in the central region, Vila Real, Luanda, Benguela, Praia, Mindelo, and S. Tomé.
It created conditions for the Serviços de Pediatria do Centro / Center's Pediatric Services for the practice of telemedicine/telehealth and for professionals being capable of responding in real-time.
Dr. Castela/He was nominated the Internal Promoter of Telemedicine/Telehealth by the CA of CHUC and representative of the OM in the National Council of Telehealth.
He always worked exclusively on the SNS.
He is writing a book about the History of Telemedicine/Telehealth in Portugal.
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