An editor's view of telemedicine

Wootton, Richard (2004) An editor's view of telemedicine. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 10 6: 311-317. doi:10.1258/1357633042602116


Author Wootton, Richard
Title An editor's view of telemedicine
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1258/1357633042602116
Volume 10
Issue 6
Start page 311
End page 317
Total pages 7
Editor R. Wootton
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Should an editor hold a view about telemedicine, or should an editor be entirely disinterested? The editorial role has been defined by the International Committee of Medical journal Editors and a long list of editorial responsibilities has been set out by the World Association of Medical Editors. This represents something of a counsel of perfection, although clearly an editor should not have a personal view, in the sense of promoting telemedicine or dismissing it. Since telemedicine editors are almost bound to be active in research, they should take particular care with manuscripts involving their own work, for example standing aside from the editorial process and delegating editorial decisions to other members of the editorial staff. At the beginning of the 1990s, there were few publications about telemedicine in the peer-reviewed literature. The subsequent years have seen a rapid growth in numbers of articles and the emergence of two specialist journals. These are all healthy signs. However, there have been remarkably few studies of telemedicine's cost-effectiveness, which must represent a sign of its immaturity. On balance, the evidence seems to indicate that telemedicine research is in a healthy state.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
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