Assessment of Approaches to Evaluating Telemedicine. 1. Evaluation Principles


  • Evaluation should be viewed as an integral part of program design, implementation, and redesign.
  • Evaluation should be understood as a cumulative and forward-looking process for building useful knowledge and as guidance for program or policy improvement rather than as an isolated exercise in project assessment.
  • The benefits and costs of specific telemedicine applications should be compared with those of current practices or reasonable alternatives.
  • The potential benefits and costs of telemedicine should be broadly construed to promote the identification and measurement of unexpected and possibly unwanted effects and to encourage an assessment of overall effects on all significant strategies.
  • The accent should be on identifying the least costly and most practical ways of achieving desired results rather than investigating the most exciting or advanced telemedicine options.
  • By focusing on the clinical, financial, and social objectives and needs of those who may benefit or suffer from telemedicine, evaluations can avoid excessive preoccupation with the characteristics and demands of individual technologies.

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