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Telehealth for global emergencies: Implications for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Date: May 2 2022

Summary: A great summary of how telehealth interventions can be used both in the COVID-19 pandemic and in general

Keywords: ##bibliography #covid #telehealth #clinician #unwillingness #remittance #archive


A. C. Smith et al., “Telehealth for global emergencies: Implications for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” J Telemed Telecare, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 309–313, Jun. 2020, doi: 10.1177/1357633X20916567.

Table of Contents

    1. Systems for Telehealth Interventions
    2. Challenges to Telehealth
    3. Opportunities for Telehealth
    4. Concluding Thoughts
  1. How To Cite
  2. References:
  3. Discussion:

An overview of how telehealth interventions could and should be deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Really excellent read in my opinion that goes beyond just the COVID-19 pandemic but rather can be taken and applied elsewhere in the telehealth landscape. In particular, their conclusions were interesting as well as their discussion on clinician unwillingness.

Systems for Telehealth Interventions

Challenges to Telehealth

- Despite high funding in Australia, less than 1% of specialist consultations were telehealth-based [3]
- Clinicians must see telehealth interventions as normal [2]
- Such as lab tests
- Some physical examinations

Opportunities for Telehealth

- Activate large number of care providers at once
- Enable better triage
- Provide care services when provider locations are unavailable
- Reduce person-to-person contact of disease transmission

Concluding Thoughts

How to realize a successful telehealth intervention alongside medical professionals according to this paper:

How To Cite

Zelko, Jacob. Telehealth for global emergencies: Implications for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). May 2 2022.


[1] C. R. Doarn and R. C. Merrell, “Telemedicine and e-health in disaster response,” vol. 20. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor New Rochelle, NY 10801 USA, pp. 605–606, 2014.

[2] V. A. Wade, J. A. Eliott, and J. E. Hiller, “Clinician acceptance is the key factor for sustainable telehealth services,” Qual. Health Res., vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 682–694, 2014.

[3] V. Wade, J. Soar, and L. Gray, “Uptake of telehealth services funded by Medicare in Australia,” Aust. Health Rev., vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 528–532, 2014.


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