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Essentials of Telemedicine and Telecare




Essentials of Telemedicine and Telecare

A. C. Norris

ISBN: 978-0-471-53151-7 November 2001 188 Pages


Rapid advancement of telecommunications and information technology has created the potential for high-quality expert healthcare to be delivered when and where it is needed. This text charts the development of the telemedicine industry, defines its current scope and reveals the potential of new methodologies.
* explains the main features of telemedicine and telecare
* reviews the technology needed for telemedicine
* describes how to develop, deliver and evaluate telemedicine services
* considers the associated ethical and legal issues
* includes an in-depth survey of the literature with over 300 references to research articles and hyperlinks to associated websites
This text provides a good working knowledge of the subject matter. It will be indispensable for all students on courses related to medicine and health care management. It also addresses the strategic, technical and operational issues faced by clinicians and healthcare managers considering the introduction of telemedicine services offering solutions for a variety of situations.

Origins and Development


Definitions of Telemedicine, Telehealth and Telecare

Origins and Development of Telemedicine

Drivers of Telemedicine and Telecare

Telemedicine in Developed and Underdeveloped Countries

The Future of Telemedicine


Scope, Benefits and Limitations of Telemedicine


Types of Telemedicine

Patients and Carers

Benefits and Limitations of Telemedicine

Barriers to Progress


Technology of Telemedicine Systems


Information Types and Transmissions

Teleconsultation System Components

Telecommunications Options

Integration and Operational Issues


Telemedicine Service Providers and Applications


Mainstream Health Sector Services

Commercial Services and Other Agencies


Development and Delivery of Telemedicine Services


The Strategic Context of Service Development

The Evaluation of Pilot Studies

Developing and Delivering a Telemedicine Service


Ethical and Legal Aspects of Telemedicine


Confidentiality, Patient Rights and Consent

Data Protection and Security

Ethical and Legal Aspects of the Internet

Telemedical Malpractice

Jurisdictional Issues

Intellectual Property Rights


Telemedicine Books and Web Sites


Norris provides an excellent summary of the telemedicine literature, and much pragmatic advice for those involved in health service implamentation and administration" (British Medical Journal, 4 May 2002)

"...Informative and easy to read, it is packed with interesting information and facts. An essential read." (Nursing Times, 18 June 2002)

"...The author of this excellent book...has reviewed the subject clearly and thoroughly..." (Family Practice, Vol.19, No.4, 2002)

"...explains the main features…potential benefits, and...limitations and barriers." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)

"…if you need a detailed working knowledge of the field it will help…" (Primary Health Care, April 2003)