Unintended Consequences of Tele Health and their Possible Solutions

Journal: IMIA Yearbook
ISSN: 0943-4747

Unintended Consequences: New Problems and New Solutions

Issue: 2016: IMIA Yearbook 2016
Pages: 41-46

Unintended Consequences of Tele Health and their Possible Solutions

Contribution of the IMIA Working Group on Telehealth

Special Section: Unintended Consequences: New Problems and New Solutions

Working Group Contributions

S. B. Gogia (1), A. Maeder (2), M. Mars (3), G. Hartvigsen (4), A. Basu (5), P. Abbott (6)

(1) Society for Administration of Telemedicine and Healthcare Informatics (SATHI), New Delhi, India; (2) School of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Bedford Park, Australia; (3) Dept. of Telehealth, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; (4) Norwegian Centre for E-health Research & University of Tromso – The Arctic University of Norway, Norway; (5) School of Health Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; (6) School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Michigan, USA


Telemedicine, telehealth, eHealth, Tele-monitoring


Objectives: Assess unforeseen consequences of Telehealth and suggest solutions Methods: An outline was created collecting all possible ill effects classified into Clinical considerations, Administrative concerns including interpersonal relations, Technical issues, Legal / Ethical concerns and Miscellaneous. Each topic was assigned to a particular WG member to lead, gather opinion and review existing literature. Results and Conclusion: A wide array of problems have been described. Except for technical issues, literature on this topic is scant, so this article is based more on personal experience and data collected from surveys. Much can be done to prevent such problems, such as a need for standardization with related clinical studies for devices as well as processes used for telehealth is underlined, besides evaluation of outcomes of projects undertaken.

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