Feasibility of a clearing house for improved cooperation between telemedicine networks delivering humanitarian services: acceptability to network coordinators

Wootton, Richard, Bonnardot, Laurent, Geissbuhler, Antoine, Jethwani, Kamal, Kovarik, Carrie, McGoey, Suzanne, Person, Donald A., Vladzymyrskyy, Anton and Zolfo, Maria (2012) Feasibility of a clearing house for improved cooperation between telemedicine networks delivering humanitarian services: acceptability to network coordinators. Global Health Action, 5 1-9. doi:10.3402/gha.v5i0.18713


Author Wootton, Richard
Bonnardot, Laurent
Geissbuhler, Antoine
Jethwani, Kamal
Kovarik, Carrie
McGoey, Suzanne
Person, Donald A.
Vladzymyrskyy, Anton
Zolfo, Maria
Title Feasibility of a clearing house for improved cooperation between telemedicine networks delivering humanitarian services: acceptability to network coordinators
Journal name Global Health Action   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1654-9880
1654-9716
Publication date 2012-10-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3402/gha.v5i0.18713
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication Jaerfaella, Sweden
Publisher Co-Action Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Telemedicine networks, which deliver humanitarian services, sometimes need to share expertise to find particular experts in other networks. It has been suggested that a mechanism for sharing expertise between networks (a ‘clearing house’) might be useful.
Objective: To propose a mechanism for implementing the clearing house concept for sharing expertise, and to confirm its feasibility in terms of acceptability to the relevant networks.
Design: We conducted a needs analysis among eight telemedicine networks delivering humanitarian services. A small proportion of consultations (510%) suggested that networks may experience difficulties in finding the right specialists from within their own resources. With the assistance of key stakeholders, many of whom were network coordinators, various methods of implementing a clearing house were considered. One simple solution is to establish a central database holding information about consultants who have agreed to provide help to other networks; this database could be made available to network coordinators who need a specialist when none was available in their own network.
Results: The proposed solution was examined in a desktop simulation exercise, which confirmed its feasibility and probable value.
Conclusions: This analysis informs full-scale implementation of a clearing house, and an associated examination of its costs and benefits.
Keyword Access
Telemedicine
Developing countries
Network collaboration
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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