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- The cost-effectiveness of telehealth in metropolitan hospitals
- Kitt, Sharon M.; Clayton, Lexie
- We established a telehealth link between two inner-city health services about 10 km apart. The video-link between the sites was based on IP videoconferencing; ISDN connections were maintained as a form of system redundancy and to connect to sites beyond the local area network. The cost of a conventional consultation, in which the patient travelled to an outpatient appointment, was A$170. Because existing equipment and telecommunications could be used, the cost of a telehealth consultation was only A$74. During the study approximately 15 teleconsultations were completed and a number of patient transfers were cancelled because they were deemed clinically unnecessary. The preliminary results suggest that the cost-savings from telehealth can be substantial. In addition there were major benefits to continuity of patient care and clinical communication within the organization.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 8, supplement 3 (2002), pp. 42-43
- Publication year
- Australia; Communication; Cost benefit analysis; Health care quality; Hospitals; Information processing; ISDN connections; Patient care; Program evaluation; Telecommunications; Telehealth; Telemedicine; Videoconferencing
- 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