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Telemedicine in the OECD: An umbrella review of clinical and cost-effectiveness, patient experience and implementation.


Eze ND, Mateus Céu, Cravo Oliveira Hashiguchi T
PLoS One. 2020; 15(8):e0237585.
PMID: 32790752.


Patients and policy makers alike have high expectations for the use of digital technologies as tools to improve health care service quality at a sustainable cost. Many countries within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are investing in telemedicine initiatives, and a large and growing body of peer-reviewed studies on the topic has developed, as a consequence. Nonetheless, telemedicine is still not used at scale within the OECD. Seeking to provide a snapshot of the evidence on the use of telemedicine in the OECD, this umbrella review of systematic reviews summarizes findings on four areas of policy relevance: clinical and cost-effectiveness, patient experience, and implementation.