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Vitenskapelig artikkel

Comparative performance of seven long-running telemedicine networks delivering humanitarian services

  • Richard Wootton
  • Antoine Geissbuhler
  • Kamal Jethwani
  • Carrie Kovarik
  • Donald Person
  • Anton Vladzymyrskyy
  • mfl.


Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
ISSN 1357-633X
e-ISSN 1758-1109
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2012
Volum: 18
Hefte: 6
Sider: 305 - 311


Isi-ID: 000309375400001

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Comparative performance of seven long-running telemedicine networks delivering humanitarian services


Seven long-running telemedicine networks were surveyed. The networks provided humanitarian services (clinical and educational) in developing countries, and had been in operation for periods of 5–15 years. The number of experts serving each network ranged from 15 to 513. The smallest network had a total of 10 requesters and the largest one had more than 500 requesters. The networks operated in nearly 60 countries. The seven networks managed a total of 1857 cases in 2011, i.e. an average of 265 cases per year per network. There was a significant growth in total activity, amounting to 100.3 cases per year during the 15 year study period. In 2011, network activity was 50–700 teleconsultations per network. There were clear differences in the patterns of activity, with some networks managing an increasing caseload, and others managing a slowly reducing caseload. The seven networks had published a total of 44 papers listed in Medline which summarized the evidence resulting from the delivery of services by telemedicine. There was a dearth of information about clinical and cost-effectiveness. Nevertheless, the services were widely appreciated by referring doctors, considered to be clinically useful, and there were indications that clinical outcomes for telemedicine patients were often improved. Despite a lack of formal evidence, the present study suggests that telemedicine can provide clinically useful services in developing countries.


Richard Wootton

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Telemedisin og e-helse ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Kvalitets- og utviklingssenteret ved Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge HF

Antoine Geissbuhler

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Université de Genève

Kamal Jethwani

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved University of Massachusetts Boston

Carrie Kovarik

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved University of Pennsylvania

Donald Person

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Hawaii Pacific University
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