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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 1279-1298;

A Review of Telehealth Service Implementation Frameworks

Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa
Received: 20 November 2013 / Revised: 24 December 2013 / Accepted: 25 December 2013 / Published: 23 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Telehealthcare)
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Despite the potential of telehealth services to increase the quality and accessibility of healthcare, the success rate of such services has been disappointing. The purpose of this paper is to find and compare existing frameworks for the implementation of telehealth services that can contribute to the success rate of future endeavors. After a thorough discussion of these frameworks, this paper outlines the development methodologies in terms of theoretical background, methodology and validation. Finally, the common themes and formats are identified for consideration in future implementation. It was confirmed that a holistic implementation approach is needed, which includes technology, organizational structures, change management, economic feasibility, societal impacts, perceptions, user-friendliness, evaluation and evidence, legislation, policy and governance. Furthermore, there is some scope for scientifically rigorous framework development and validation approaches. View Full-Text
Keywords: telehealth; telemedicine; implementation; framework; model telehealth; telemedicine; implementation; framework; model

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