Home List of Titles Using the Australian and New Zealand telehealth committee framework to evaluate telehealth: identifying conceptual gaps
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- Using the Australian and New Zealand telehealth committee framework to evaluate telehealth: identifying conceptual gaps
- Hughes, Emma; King, Chris; Kitt, Sharon
- Telehealth is strongly supported in policy rhetoric as being economically significant to Australia, but evaluation standards have been insufficiently developed to ensure that this is the case. The use of one such evaluation standard, the Australian and New Zealand Telehealth Committee (ANZTC) framework, for telehealth evaluation in Australia makes good sense. However, that framework emphasizes economic and technical considerations at the expense of social contexts. Furthermore, there must be questions about the utility of a framework which, it appears, has been used to evaluate only a single telehealth project in Australia. The combination of the economic rationalism of health-care policy and the technological determinism of a tool model of information and communication technologies (ICTs) can result in evaluations that fail to match the complexities of the intersection of health-care and ICTs. Using the ANZTC framework while at the same time focusing on explaining, rather than just describing, the links between interventions and outcomes seems a reasonable compromise. This involves understanding complex socio-technical networks and relationships, and requires investigators to engage with the gulf between private opinions, public statements and actual behaviour.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 8, supplement 3 (2002), pp. 36-38
- Publication year
- ANZTC; Australia; Australian and New Zealand Telehealth Committee; Health care quality; Information processing; New Zealand; Patient care; Program evaluation; Standards; Technology; Telehealth; Telemedicine
- Royal Society of Medicine Press
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- Copyright © 2002 Royal Society of Medicine Press. Publisher does not allow open access archiving of either the postprint (final, revised accepted draft) or published version of full text.
- Peer reviewed