Evaluating telemedicine: Lessons and challenges

Michelle Brear

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Telemedicine applications have been rapidly implemented since the early 1990s and are now in use in a wide range of healthcare settings. There is, however, limited evidence of clinical benefits resulting from their use. This paper describes the design and implementation of a multi-method evaluation of an emergency telemedicine application's clinical impact. In particular, the challenges faced and lessons learnt regarding the development of a suitable methodology and collection of health information from a variety of sources are discussed. In order to understand the application's clinical impact it was necessary to use different types of data from multiple sources, and to interpret the results from each enquiry in rlation to results from the others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Information Management Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Data collection
  • Evaluation methodology
  • Evaluation studies
  • Information management
  • Telemedicine

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