Assessment of Approaches to Evaluating Telemedicine. Results

12/01/2000

This section summarizes the major approaches, issues, and questions that can be addressed in evaluations of telemedicine. The results of this study reflect the literature since the 1996 IOM study, and the results of interviews with the 15 experts and the five programs. Most of the interviewees and other experts with whom we consulted were familiar with the IOM framework, although only a few referred to it in detail. The results are organized into two main dimensions of analysis: (1) evaluation properties and impacts and (2) evaluation methodology issues. The first section is a consideration of evaluation properties and impacts as they relate to telemedicine. The second section focuses on methodological issues related specifically to evaluation of telemedicine. Evaluation methodology was not addressed in-depth in the IOM Framework.

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