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      Policy implications associated with the socioeconomic and health system impact of telehealth: a case study from Canada.

      Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association

      Alberta, Health Plan Implementation, Health Policy, National Health Programs, Organizational Case Studies, Policy Making, Program Development, Socioeconomic Factors, Telemedicine

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          This research was undertaken to inform future telehealth policy directions regarding the socioeconomic impact of telehealth. Fifty-seven sources were identified and analyzed through a comprehensive literature search of electronic databases, the Internet, journals, conference proceedings, as well as personal communication with consultants in the field. The review revealed a focus on certain socioeconomic indicators such as cost, access, and satisfaction. It also identified areas of opportunity for further research and policy analysis and development (e.g., social isolation, life stress, poverty), along with various barriers and challenges to the advancement of telehealth. These included confidentiality, reimbursement, and legal and ethical considerations. To become fully integrated into the health care system, telehealth must be viewed as more than an add-on service. This paper offers 19 general and 20 subject-specific telehealth recommendations, as well as seven policy strategies.

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          10.1089/153056204773644616

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