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Telehealth and Telemedicine
Through Telehealth and Telemedicine research, advanced communications technologies are enabling both lower cost and greater efficacy, quality, security, and usability for the Nation’s healthcare, health education, wellness, and health research systems.
In this research, the appropriateness, quality, and reliability of advanced communications technologies in different telemedicine and telehealth applications are being investigated. The efficacy of emerging telemedicine applications in clinical settings is being evaluated. Concordance of such applications with in-person clinical services is being assessed, as are diagnostic accuracy, confidence, kind and number of testing and treatment options, and provider and patient satisfaction. For video-intensive telemedicine and telehealth applications, bandwidth, compression, and resultant video quality are being studied. The effectiveness and reliability of different transmission methods are being assessed in both static and mobile environments.
OHPCC’s Collab provides the resources for evaluating current, state-of-the-art, and emerging communications technologies and these telehealth and telemedicine investigations. Clinical applications are assessed through partnerships with medical centers and medical schools.
NLM is an institutional member of the American Telemedicine Association.
NLM's telehealth and telemedicine research and development has the following predecessors:
- NLM's Biomedical Applications of High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) (1994) -- includes awards
- NLM's National Telemedicine Initiative (1996-1997) -- Awards
- The Next Generation Internet Initiative at NLM (1998-2000) -- Phase I Awards -- Phase II Awards
- NLM's Scalable Information Infrastructure Program (2003) -- Awards