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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 279-285

Preparing for success: Readiness models for rural telehealth


Health Telematics Unit (HTU), Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Correspondence Address:
P A Jennett
Health Telematics Unit (HTU), Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Canada
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PMID: 16388170

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Background: Readiness is an integral and preliminary step in the successful implementation of telehealth services into existing health systems within rural communities. Methods and Materials: This paper details and critiques published international peer-reviewed studies that have focused on assessing telehealth readiness for rural and remote health. Background specific to readiness and change theories is provided, followed by a critique of identified telehealth readiness models, including a commentary on their readiness assessment tools. Results: Four current readiness models resulted from the search process. The four models varied across settings, such as rural outpatient practices, hospice programs, rural communities, as well as government agencies, national associations, and organizations. All models provided frameworks for readiness tools. Two specifically provided a mechanism by which communities could be categorized by their level of telehealth readiness. Discussion: Common themes across models included: an appreciation of practice context, strong leadership, and a perceived need to improve practice. Broad dissemination of these telehealth readiness models and tools is necessary to promote awareness and assessment of readiness. This will significantly aid organizations to facilitate the implementation of telehealth.






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