Sustainable Telemedicine: Designing and Building Infrastructure to Support a Comprehensive Telemedicine Practice

Beth L.H. Kreofsky, R. Nicole Blegen, Troy G. Lokken, Susan M. Kapraun, Matthew S. Bushman, Bart M Demaerschalk

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Abstract

Background: Telemedicine services in medical institutions are often developed in isolation of one another and not as part of a comprehensive telemedicine program. The Center for Connected Care is the administrative home for a broad range of telehealth services at Mayo Clinic. This article speaks of real-time video services, referenced as telemedicine throughout. Introduction: This article discusses how a large healthcare system designed and built the infrastructure to support a comprehensive telemedicine practice. Materials and Methods: Based on analysis of existing services, Mayo Clinic developed a multifaceted operational plan that addressed high-priority areas and outlined clear roles and responsibilities of the Center for Connected Care and that of the clinical departments. The plan set priorities and a direction that would lead to long-term success. The plan articulated the governing and operational infrastructure necessary to support telemedicine by defining the role of the Center for Connected Care as the owner of core administrative operations and the role of the clinical departments as the owners of clinical telemedicine services. Additional opportunities were identified to develop product selection processes, implementation services, and staffing models that would be applied to ensure successful telemedicine deployment. Results: The telemedicine team within the Center for Connected Care completed 45 business cases resulting in 54 implementations. The standardization of core products along with key operational offerings around implementation services, and the establishment of a 24/7 support model resulted in improved provider satisfaction and fewer reported technical issues. Conclusion: The foundation for long-term scalability and growth was developed by centralizing operations of telemedicine services, implementing sustainable processes, employing dedicated qualified personnel, and deploying robust products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1021-1025
Number of pages5
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Volume24
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • E-health
  • Technology
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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