Assessment of telehealth applications

Hailey D, Jacobs P
Record ID 31997008317
Authors' objectives: An outline of issues in the assessment of telehealth intended as a resource document for health care funders, providers and administrators. Provides a framework for use when specific telehealth applications are under consideration.
Authors' results and conclusions: A brief outline is given of general requirements for telehealth applications, bringing together some points which will need consideration during development of a business case. There is then a discussion of a more detailed approach to assessment. This covers specification, performance measures, outcomes, summary measures, operational considerations and other issues related to telehealth applications. Telepsychiatry and teleradiology are used as examples to provide further details of assessment elements. Use of cost analysis and further details on telehealth applications and their assessment are covered in appendices.
Authors' recommendations: Use of the framework will require a commitment to systematic collection of data and to comparison of telehealth applications with alternatives. In applying the approaches given to evaluation of proposals and programs, analysts will need to give further consideration to issues such as the power and experimental design of comparative studies. Involvement of persons with expertise in evaluation will be highly desirable. Input from both managers and evaluators will be needed to provide a useful synthesis of assessment data in the context of the health care system.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemedicine
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
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Copyright: <p>Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 1997</p>
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