Telemedicine


COCHRANE SYSTEMATIC REVIEW: Interactive telemedicine: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes
Implications for practice: Unknown implication for prehospital setting at current
Review Overview: The findings in our review indicate that the use of TM in the management of heart failure appears to lead to similar health outcomes as face-to-face or telephone delivery of care; there is evidence that TM can improve the control of blood glucose in those with diabetes. The cost to a health service, and acceptability by patients and healthcare professionals, is not clear due to limited data reported for these outcomes. The effectiveness of TM may depend on a number of different factors, including those related to the study population e.g. the severity of the condition and the disease trajectory of the participants, the function of the intervention e.g., if it is used for monitoring a chronic condition, or to provide access to diagnostic services, as well as the healthcare provider and healthcare system involved in delivering the intervention.
LINK to Cochrane Library: Issue 5, 2015 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD002098.pub2/abstract