Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Ready, Steady, Go: Telehealth Implementation Toolkit
Developed by two members of the group (Simon Brownsell and Tim Ellis) and launched today is a new toolkit to help people implement telehealth successfully. There has been much interest in the development of telehealth but few services have become mainstream. Those who have tried it soon realise it is a complex intervention which is difficult to get right. In part this main explain the mixed evidence base which points towards some deployments being successful while others have struggled.
Based on our experience, and validated with national and international colleagues, the ‘Ready Steady Go’ toolkit provides a framework which can be followed and which should provide a supportive environment for telehealth to flourish.
Anyone involved in the delivery of a telehealth programme should find value in this toolkit. For those new to telehealth it provides a detailed account of steps that should be covered, and provides insight into common mistakes and ways in which progress can be monitored. For those with more experience, benefit could still be derived as it may provide new insights on certain aspects along with a clear overriding framework which can assist in ensuring all aspects of the programme are managed effectively.