Economic evaluation of telemedicine: Review of the literature and research guidelines for benefit-cost analysis

María E. Dávalos, Michael French, Anne Burdick, Scott C. Simmons

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

111 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Telemedicine programs provide specialty health services to remote populations using telecommunications technology. This innovative approach to medical care delivery has been expanding for several years and currently covers various specialty areas such as cardiology, dermatology, and pediatrics. Economic evaluations of telemedicine, however, remain rare, and few of those conducted have accounted for the wide range of economic costs and benefits. Rigorous benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs could provide credible and comparative evidence of their economic viability and thus lead to the adoption and/or expansion of the most successful programs. To facilitate more advanced economic evaluations, this article presents research guidelines for conducting benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs, emphasizing opportunity cost estimation, commonly used program outcomes, and monetary conversion factors to translate outcomes to dollar values. The article concludes with specific recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-948
Number of pages16
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Volume15
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Fingerprint

Telemedicine
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Guidelines
Research
Economics
Telecommunications
Dermatology
Cardiology
Health Services
Pediatrics
Technology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Population

Keywords

  • Benefit'cost analysis
  • Economic evaluation
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

Cite this

Economic evaluation of telemedicine : Review of the literature and research guidelines for benefit-cost analysis. / Dávalos, María E.; French, Michael; Burdick, Anne; Simmons, Scott C.

In: Telemedicine and e-Health, Vol. 15, No. 10, 01.12.2009, p. 933-948.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{8ec2f0b50da64ed9a1733d9e96939173,
title = "Economic evaluation of telemedicine: Review of the literature and research guidelines for benefit-cost analysis",
abstract = "Telemedicine programs provide specialty health services to remote populations using telecommunications technology. This innovative approach to medical care delivery has been expanding for several years and currently covers various specialty areas such as cardiology, dermatology, and pediatrics. Economic evaluations of telemedicine, however, remain rare, and few of those conducted have accounted for the wide range of economic costs and benefits. Rigorous benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs could provide credible and comparative evidence of their economic viability and thus lead to the adoption and/or expansion of the most successful programs. To facilitate more advanced economic evaluations, this article presents research guidelines for conducting benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs, emphasizing opportunity cost estimation, commonly used program outcomes, and monetary conversion factors to translate outcomes to dollar values. The article concludes with specific recommendations for future research.",
keywords = "Benefit'cost analysis, Economic evaluation, Telemedicine",
author = "D{\'a}valos, {Mar{\'i}a E.} and Michael French and Anne Burdick and Simmons, {Scott C.}",
year = "2009",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1089/tmj.2009.0067",
language = "English",
volume = "15",
pages = "933--948",
journal = "Telemedicine and e-Health",
issn = "1530-5627",
publisher = "Mary Ann Liebert Inc.",
number = "10",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Economic evaluation of telemedicine

T2 - Review of the literature and research guidelines for benefit-cost analysis

AU - Dávalos, María E.

AU - French, Michael

AU - Burdick, Anne

AU - Simmons, Scott C.

PY - 2009/12/1

Y1 - 2009/12/1

N2 - Telemedicine programs provide specialty health services to remote populations using telecommunications technology. This innovative approach to medical care delivery has been expanding for several years and currently covers various specialty areas such as cardiology, dermatology, and pediatrics. Economic evaluations of telemedicine, however, remain rare, and few of those conducted have accounted for the wide range of economic costs and benefits. Rigorous benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs could provide credible and comparative evidence of their economic viability and thus lead to the adoption and/or expansion of the most successful programs. To facilitate more advanced economic evaluations, this article presents research guidelines for conducting benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs, emphasizing opportunity cost estimation, commonly used program outcomes, and monetary conversion factors to translate outcomes to dollar values. The article concludes with specific recommendations for future research.

AB - Telemedicine programs provide specialty health services to remote populations using telecommunications technology. This innovative approach to medical care delivery has been expanding for several years and currently covers various specialty areas such as cardiology, dermatology, and pediatrics. Economic evaluations of telemedicine, however, remain rare, and few of those conducted have accounted for the wide range of economic costs and benefits. Rigorous benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs could provide credible and comparative evidence of their economic viability and thus lead to the adoption and/or expansion of the most successful programs. To facilitate more advanced economic evaluations, this article presents research guidelines for conducting benefit-cost analyses of telemedicine programs, emphasizing opportunity cost estimation, commonly used program outcomes, and monetary conversion factors to translate outcomes to dollar values. The article concludes with specific recommendations for future research.

KW - Benefit'cost analysis

KW - Economic evaluation

KW - Telemedicine

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=74249087239&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=74249087239&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1089/tmj.2009.0067

DO - 10.1089/tmj.2009.0067

M3 - Article

C2 - 19954346

AN - SCOPUS:74249087239

VL - 15

SP - 933

EP - 948

JO - Telemedicine and e-Health

JF - Telemedicine and e-Health

SN - 1530-5627

IS - 10

ER -