Learning through telemedicine: Case study of a wound care network

Liqiong Deng, Marshall Scott Poole, Houghton G. Brown, Cynthia Scheideman-Miller

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Abstract

This study explores the potential of telemedicine networks to support collaboration and learning among healthcare personnel. We employ a case study methodology to investigate learning processes and their consequences for healthcare delivery within a telemedicine-enabled wound care network in a US Midwestern state. Based on interviews and other data, we build a grounded theory of the factors and processes influencing learning that occur within telemedicine networks. The theory is focused on how effective learning can be fostered in a telemedicine network and how it contributes to quality healthcare. The case study indicates that learning is in some respects more effective in the telemedicine setting than it would be in face-to-face care giving and gives some indications as to why this might be so.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-380
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management
Volume6
Issue number4-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Healthcare quality
  • Interaction
  • Learning
  • Learning communities
  • Network
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Informatics

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