Who shall coordinate the coordinators? facilitating the work of telemedicine networks which provide humanitarian services

Wootton, Richard and Mcgoey, Suzanne T. (2012) Who shall coordinate the coordinators? facilitating the work of telemedicine networks which provide humanitarian services. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 18 2: 63-65. doi:10.1258/jtt.2011.110002


Author Wootton, Richard
Mcgoey, Suzanne T.
Title Who shall coordinate the coordinators? facilitating the work of telemedicine networks which provide humanitarian services
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2011.110002
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 63
End page 65
Total pages 3
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subject 2718 Health Informatics
Formatted abstract
 Telemedicine networks for humanitarian purposes have evolved over the last decade or so in a largely autonomous way.
Communication between them has been informal and relatively limited in scope. This situation could be improved by
developing a comprehensive approach to the collection and dissemination of information. We propose the formation
of a central ‘clearing house’ which would allow networks to exchange information and cases where appropriate. In
order for a network to belong to the clearing house, it would need to conform to certain guidelines, which would
ensure that safe and satisfactory standards would be maintained. We propose that a coordinators’ conference should
be held to discuss who would operate the clearing house and how it would be resourced. The creation of a central
clearing house would facilitate the operation of the networks, particularly during periods of heavy workload, and lead
to improved sustainability, thereby benefiting individual patients. We believe that more can be achieved by the
networks acting together than by them acting independently.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Centre for Online Health Publications
 
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