The Symposium-Workshop is to convene thought leaders and practitioners in telemedicine to develop consensus guidelines pertaining to best practices in the design and implementation of telemedicine systems, including organization, technology, finance, and management and operations. The Best Practices Guidelines would: benefit program developers by avoiding inefficient and ineffective practices;serve policymakers and payers in their decision making regarding support and reimbursement for telemedicine;and benefit researchers in identifying the essential attributes of telemedicine (as a modality of care) when delivered in full fidelity, and how to identify and separate contextual variables from the experimental. The Guidelines should enable the design and implementation of optimal telemedicine systems to improve access, contain cost, and enhance quality while accommodating a variable and consistently improving technology. Substantial preparatory work will be completed prior to the 1 1/2 day meeting. Participants will be fully engaged in the discussions to develop a consensus on the issues, and the final outcome will be published and disseminated widely.

Public Health Relevance

The Symposium-Workshop addresses a national need for up to date reliable and authoritative guidelines for the optimal implementation of telemedicine systems in various contexts. This information is vital if telemedicine were to realize its full potential in ameliorating inequity of access, uneven quality and cost inflation, as well as enhancing health system efficiency and effectiveness.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Type
Conference (R13)
Project #
1R13LM011263-01
Application #
8256872
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZLM1-ZH-C (01))
Program Officer
Vanbiervliet, Alan
Project Start
2011-04-01
Project End
2012-09-30
Budget Start
2011-04-01
Budget End
2012-09-30
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$20,000
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Department
None
Type
Other Domestic Higher Education
DUNS #
073133571
City
Ann Arbor
State
MI
Country
United States
Zip Code
48109