The assessment of telemedicine: general principles and a systematic review

Ohinmaa A, Hailey D, Roine R
Record ID 31998009925
Authors' objectives: This report includes suggested approaches to the assessment of telemedicine, which draw in particular on earlier documents prepared by FinOHTA and AHFMR. The report also briefly considers possible impediments to creation of a fully developed telemedicine society.
Authors' recommendations: Telemedicine is an information and communications technology which shows promise in improving quality and efficiency of health care. There is increasing use of telemedicine in many countries. Those seeking to introduce telemedicine will need to give general consideration to a number of areas, including population and services, personnel and consumers, delivery arrangements, and specifications and costs, so that a business case can be made for acquiring this technology. The most convicing evidence from the review regarding the effectiveness of telemedicine deals with teleradiology, teleneurosurgery, telepsychiatry and transmission of echocardiographic images. Promising results have also been obtained for the transmision of electrocardiograms. However, even in these applications, most of the available literature refers only to pilot projects and short term outcomes.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Remote Consultation
  • Telemedicine
  • Teleradiology
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: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
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