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Tool for cost-effectiveness analysis in teleradiology
Author(s): Marlene Gerneth; Frank-Reinhard Bartsch; Rudolf Schosser
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Paper Abstract

Although several studies have demonstrated the feasibility of teleradiology its cost- effectiveness has not yet been proven but is a prerequisite for wide acceptance and routine use in the medical environment. Thus, our aim is to develop a tool for cost-effectiveness analysis of radiological remote expert consultation and other teleradiological applications. The overall objective of the cost-effectiveness analysis tool is to provide the user with a detailed and comprehensive overview on the costs and benefits associated with the teleradiological application under consideration. A recommendation on the cost-effectiveness of a particular application should be given, and, if possible, an identification of superior alternative(s). The tool comprises several modules for data input, cost analysis, analysis of benefits, cost- effectiveness evaluation, and sensitivity analysis. It is applied in the EC project TELEMED (R1086) for the economic assessment of the pan-European teleradiological application pilot `Remote Expert Consultation.' Simulating costs and benefits of these and other teleradiology applications yields essential information for future routine use of teleradiology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1899, Medical Imaging 1993: PACS Design and Evaluation, (8 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.152908
Show Author Affiliations
Marlene Gerneth, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
Frank-Reinhard Bartsch, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
Rudolf Schosser, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1899:
Medical Imaging 1993: PACS Design and Evaluation
R. Gilbert Jost M.D., Editor(s)

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