Telemedicine strategic planning and implementation issues in the Navy Medical Department
Craigmiles, Raymond Gregory
Jones, Carl R.
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Telemedicine is a system of health care delivery which combines image, video, sounds and text, enabling health care providers to consult one another and to examine patients at a distance through the use of telecommunications technology. There are currently a number of telemedicine initiatives within the Department of Defense (DoD) designed to improve the delivery of health care within the military health services system. Telemedicine demonstration projects and consultation sites have been deployed at Army, Navy, and Air Force medical treatment facilities. These initiatives have been driven by recent advances in telecommunications technology, digital imaging technology and video teleconferencing (VTC) technology, coupled with pressures to reduce health care costs and improve access to scarce medical specialist resources. This thesis provides a contextual framework for the analysis of the potential effects of telemedicine on the Navy health care delivery system. The analysis is developed through the review of current telemedicine and telecommunications technology, examination of strategic planning and implementation issues facing Navy telemedicine efforts, and an assessment of the merits and problems associated with implementing a telemedicine pilot project in a Navy medical treatment facility.
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