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Telehealth: only part of the solution

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4724 (Published 11 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4724
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor, BMJ
  1. fgodlee{at}bmj.com

Science has an annoying way of not finding what you were hoping for. Governments that try to do the right thing, by evaluating innovations before rolling them out, may well get frustrated when the studies they have funded take time to reach a conclusion, when journals take time to peer review and publish them, and especially when the published findings aren’t clear cut or compelling.

Such is the case with the UK government’s three and a half year, £30m evaluation of telehealth and telecare. The world’s largest trial of remote exchange of clinical data between patients and health professionals recruited people with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , and heart failure from …

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