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Telemedicine [electronic resource] : a guide to assessing telecommunications in health care /
Committee on Evaluating Clinical Applications of Telemedicine, Division of Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine ; Marilyn J. Field, editor.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1996.
description
xiv, 271 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0309055318
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Book
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imprint
Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1996.
isbn
0309055318
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8333839
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-225) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1997-08:
This book, written by a 15-member committee of the Institute of Medicine, reports a framework to evaluate the effects of telemedicine on the quality, accessibility, cost, and acceptability of health care. Telemedicine is defined by the committee as the use of electronic information and communication technologies to provide and support health care when distance separates the participants. It is pointed out that the spectrum spans from the commonplace 911 number using the ordinary telephone to the exotic but still experimental telesurgery. Although far from routine everyday medical practice, interactive video attracts wide attention whether used for consultation or patient monitoring. The changes and financial pressures of the health care system require that telemedicine be carefully and fully evaluated prior to its general use. Many important questions are posed that will require answering by patients, clinicians, and scientists as the various types of telemedicine are developed. An important source for anyone participating in these endeavors. Graduate students through professionals. H. W. Wallace; University of Pennsylvania
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Doody's Reviews, February 1997
Choice, August 1997
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Telemedicine--the use of information and telecommunications technologies to provide and support health care when distance separates the participants--is receiving increasing attention not only in remote areas where health care access is troublesome but also in urban and suburban locations. Yet the benefits and costs of this blend of medicine and digital technologies must be better demonstrated before today's cautious decisionmakers invest significant funds in its development. Telemedicine presents a framework for evaluating patient care applications of telemedicine. The book identifies managerial, technical, policy, legal, and human factors that must be taken into account in evaluating a telemedicine program. The committee reviews previous efforts to establish evaluation frameworks and reports on results from several completed studies of image transmission, consulting from remote locations, and other telemedicine programs. The committee also examines basic elements of an evaluation and considers relevant issues of quality, accessibility, and cost of health care. Telemedicine will be of immediate interest to anyone with interest in the clinical application of telemedicine.
Description for Bookstore
Telemedicine--the use of information and telecommunications technologies to provide and support health care when distance separates the participants--is receiving increasing attention not only in remote areas where health care access is troublesome but also in urban and suburban locations. Yet the benefits and costs of this blend of medicine and digital technologies must be better demonstrated before today's cautious decisionmakers invest significant funds in its development. Telemedicinepresents a framework for evaluating patient care applications of telemedicine. The book identifies managerial, technical, policy, legal, and human factors that must be taken into account in evaluating a telemedicine program. The committee reviews previous efforts to establish evaluation frameworks and reports on results from several completed studies of image transmission, consulting from remote locations, and other telemedicine programs. The committee also examines basic elements of an evaluation and considers relevant issues of quality, accessibility, and cost of health care. Telemedicinewill be of immediate interest to anyone with interest in the clinical application of telemedicine.

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