Journal article

A systematic review of economic analyses of telehealth services using real time video communication

Victoria A Wade, Jonathan Karnon, Adam G Elshaug, Janet E Hiller

BMC Health Services Research | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2010


BACKGROUND: Telehealth is the delivery of health care at a distance, using information and communication technology. The major rationales for its introduction have been to decrease costs, improve efficiency and increase access in health care delivery. This systematic review assesses the economic value of one type of telehealth delivery--synchronous or real time video communication--rather than examining a heterogeneous range of delivery modes as has been the case with previous reviews in this area. METHODS: A systematic search was undertaken for economic analyses of the clinical use of telehealth, ending in June 2009. Studies with patient outcome data and a non-telehealth comparator were inc..

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