Number №4, 2020 - page 34-44

Matrix for direct-to-consumer telemedicine quality assessing DOI: 10.29188/2542-2413-2020-6-4-34-44

For citation: Vladzymyrskyy A.V. Matrix for direct-to-consumer telemedicine quality assessing. Journal of Telemedicine and E-Health 2020;6(4):37-44;
  • Vladzymyrskyy A.V. – Doctor of Medical Sciences, Deputy Director for Research, GBUZ «Scientific and Practical Clinical Center for Diagnostics and Telemedicine Technologies of the Moscow Department of Health»; Moscow, Russia;

Introduction. The growing demand for online medical services, the active inclusion of telemedicine consultations in state health insurance programs, and the general intensive development of telemedicine require a methodology for quality assurance and control.

Objective is to develop a methodological basis for a comprehensive assessment of the quality and effectiveness of direct-to-consumer telemedicine consultations.

Material and methods. There are sources of primary data: systematizing scientific publications (descriptions of models and methodologies for telemedicine quality assessing); own theoretical researches, accumulated practical experience with of directto-consumer telemedicine. Methods of analysis and synthesis have been use.

Results and discussion. The matrix for for direct-to-consumer telemedicine quality assessing has formed. It includes four domains «Accessibility», «Efficiency», «Safety» and «Responsibility» from the standpoint of all participants of the distant interaction processes: patient and/or legal representative; medical consultant; operator of a telemedicine information system; medical organization; health care system (society). The matrix takes into account the aspects of goal-setting and the interests of each participant. There are structured metrics in frame of each domain.

Conclusions. The matrix can be used as a basis for scientific research and as a methodology for internal and departmental quality control of medical care provided via telemedicine technologies.

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