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Telemedicine for the Treatment of Urgent Conditions: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Published on: October 7, 2015
Project Number: RC0714-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of the use of telemedicine to facilitate the delivery of emergency health care?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of the use of telemedicine to facilitate the delivery of emergency health care?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of telemedicine to facilitate the delivery of emergency health care?

Key Message

No randomized controlled trials, cost-effectiveness analyses, or evidence-based guidelines addressing the research questions were identified. Limited evidence from non-randomized studies suggests that telemedicine may facilitate a reduction of resource use in the emergency mental health population and increase quality of care in the critically ill pediatric population.

Tags

emergencies, emergency medical services, emergency medicine, remote consultation, teleconsultation, telehealth, telemedicine, telenursing, videoconference, ER, Emergency Service, Hospital, Telecare, Teleconsult, emergency department, emergency room, video conferencing