Implementation of videoconferencing to support a managed clinical network in Scotland: lessons learned during the first 18 months.

N. Barry*, P. Campbell, N. Reed, M. E. Reid, D. J. Bower, J. Norrie, G. D. Currie

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Abstract

Managed clinical networks (MCNs) are usually built on established groups of health professionals from both acute and primary care sectors. We have used videoconferencing to support the gynaecological oncology MCN in the west of Scotland. Videoconferencing was implemented simultaneously at five sites in 2001 and DICOM image-capture software was added in 2003. Videoconferencing and live PC links allowed the multidisciplinary teams to discuss individual cancer diagnoses without the extensive travelling previously required. Our experience of the implementation suggests that local ownership is crucial. In the present project, each of the stakeholders had an important role in the delivery of a successful system. High-quality project management is required during implementation and for some time thereafter to achieve sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume9 Suppl 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003

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