Reading room: Telemedicine
Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status. This typically involves remote consultations with specialists to supports care delivery as well as health education and the transfer of medical data.
This online reading room brings together details of books, reports and journal articles on telemedicine which are held by the King's Fund Information and Library Service (many of which are available in full text as links). It also offers links to relevant organisations and other information resources.
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International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare- King's Fund, 2011 . Video files This congress brought together speakers from around the world to showcase innovations and best practice in the deployment of telehealth and telecare
Planning network infrastructure for telemedicine needs in 2015.- By Wray, Melvyn. 2011 Melvyn Wray of Allied Telesis explores the increasing use of telemedicine and the tangible benefits that can come from embracing it. He also offers advice for planning the future network requirements to support it. [Introduction]
Telerehabilitation in stroke care - a systematic review.- By Johansson, Tim. 2011 We conducted a systematic review of telerehabilitation interventions in stroke care. The following databases were searched: Medline, Embase, DARE-NHSEED-HTA (INAHTA) and the Cochrane Library. Nine studies, all published after 2000, were included in the review. A wide variety of telemedicine interventions in post-stroke rehabilitation care was identified. Four studies had been carried out in the USA, two in the Netherlands, two in Italy and one in China. There were four randomized controlled trials and one qualitative analysis. Four studies used an observational study design/case series. Home-based telerehabilitation interventions showed promising results in improving the health of stroke patients and in supporting caregivers. Telemedicine systems based on a virtual environment for upper extremity exercise can improve the physical health of stroke patients. Health professionals and participants reported high levels of satisfaction and acceptance of telerehabilitation interventions. There was no evidence regarding the effects on resource utilization or cost-effectiveness. Most studies showed promising results, although overall, the quality of the evidence on telerehabilitation in post-stroke care was low. [Abstract]