Larkin M. Telemedicine Gets a Chance To Prove Itself. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:1149-1150. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-12-199712150-00052
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(12):1149-1150.
The launch of the National Telemedicine Initiative 1 year ago presented proponents with opportunities and a mandate. The opportunities: 19 multiyear projects funded by the National Library of Medicine to supplement health care delivery in underserved regions of the United States. The mandate: Determine if telemedicine works, is cost-effective, and provides quality of care that is similar to or better than conventional methods.
Now, many of the selected projects-called “imaginative and well-targeted” by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala-have completed the planning stage and are poised for implementation and evaluation. According to Michael Kienzle, MD, program director of the University of Iowa's Telemedicine Resource Center in Iowa City, the assessments will be rigorous and “will include technical, utilization, medical, and economic components.” Results are expected in 1 to 2 years.
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