Defining the needs of a telemedicine service.

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dc.contributor.author Doolittle, GC
dc.contributor.author Spaulding, R
dc.date.accessioned 2007-11-21T20:46:39Z
dc.date.available 2007-11-21T20:46:39Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 12(6):276-284 en
dc.identifier.issn 1357-633X en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2271/302
dc.description This accepted manuscript has been subject to peer-review but has not been edited. The definitive version Doolittle GC, Spaulding R. Defining the needs of a telemedicine service. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 2006;12(6):276-284 was published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. It is available online at: http://www.rsmpress.co.uk/jtt.htm . Please note that access controls may apply. If you would like further information please contact the publisher at publishing@rsm.ac.uk. en
dc.description.abstract While telemedicine programme objectives, technologies and even philosophies will differ, certain common factors that enhance programme success can be identified. For example, a programme design which is driven by technological imperatives is likely to fail. It must also be recognized that telemedicine programmes cannot force remote sites to use their services. Thus developers must assess the needs for the proposed telemedicine service from a clinical, economic and technical perspective. From a clinical perspective, it is important to remember that certain clinical services can be provided via telemedicine while others cannot. Programme developers must recognize the significant role of the remote team in sustaining services; the on-site presenter is essential for the successful practice of telemedicine. Evaluating a telemedicine programme should be viewed as an integral step in its design and implementation. One site may define effectiveness in terms of access to services while another may measure success by cost savings. The success of future telemedicine programmes will be strongly related to their ability to recognize that they should be used to enhance current health-care delivery rather than to replace it. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press en
dc.subject Delivery of Health Care/methods en
dc.subject Health Services Needs and Demand/economics en
dc.subject Telemedicine/organization & administration en
dc.title Defining the needs of a telemedicine service. en
dc.type Article en

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