The role of telemedicine in paediatric cardiology

Brian A. McCrossan, Frank A. Casey

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Abstract

Paediatric cardiology is a subspecialty ideally suited to telemedicine. A small number of experts cover large geographical areas and the diagnosis of congenital heart defects is largely dependent on the interpretation of medical imaging. Telemedicine has been applied to a number of areas within paediatric cardiology. However, its widespread uptake has been slow and fragmentary. In this chapter the authors examine the current evidence pertaining to telemedicine applied to paediatric cardiology, including their own experience, the importance of research and, in particular, economic evaluation in furthering telemedicine endeavours. Perhaps most importantly, they discuss the issues relating transitioning a pilot project into a sustainable clinical service.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTelehealth Networks for Hospital Services
Subtitle of host publicationNew Methodologies
PublisherIGI Global
Pages44-88
Number of pages45
ISBN (Print)9781466629790
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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