Increasing the cost-effectiveness of telemedicine by embracing e-health

J Telemed Telecare. 2000:6 Suppl 1:S16-9. doi: 10.1258/1357633001934500.


In 1999 a national study of telemedicine in Australia led to the promotion of the concept of 'e-health', the health sector's equivalent of 'e-commerce'. A new study explored the view that, with the convergence of technologies and the consequent increase in ability to perform multiple functions with those technologies, it is unwise to promote telemedicine in isolation from other uses of technologies in health-care. The major sources of information for the study were the presentations and discussions at five national workshops held to discuss the findings of the original report on telemedicine. Nineteen case studies were identified. The case studies showed that with the convergence of technologies telehealth is becoming part of e-health. The cost-effectiveness of both telehealth and telemedicine improves considerably when they are part of an integrated use of telecommunications and information technology in the health sector.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Computer Communication Networks / economics*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Health Care Costs
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Management / economics
  • Patient Care Management / methods
  • Telemedicine / economics*