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Expense comparison of a telemedicine practice versus a traditional clinical practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15650533     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This paper compares the expenses of a telemedicine program to those of a traditional clinical practice using data from two fiscal years (FY) 1998/1999 and 2000/2001. As part of that evaluation, we compared expenses of the University of Arizona's clinical practice group, the University Physicians Incorporated (UPI), to those of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) practice. For this study, we used the reporting categories published in the year-end UPI financial statement. These categories included clinical services, administration, equipment depreciation, and overhead. Results showed that clinical service expenses and administrative expenses for FY 2000/2001 were higher in the traditional UPI practice, whereas equipment depreciation and overhead expenses are higher in the telemedicine practice. This differs somewhat from FY 1998/1999, where clinical expenses and overhead were higher in the UPI practice and administration and equipment depreciation were higher in the telemedicine practice. We will discuss the relevance of these results and the critical factors that contribute to these differences.
Authors:
Gail P Barker; Elizabeth A Krupinski; Bonnie Schellenberg; Ronald S Weinstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1530-5627     ISO Abbreviation:  Telemed J E Health     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-14     Completed Date:  2005-03-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959949     Medline TA:  Telemed J E Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  376-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Arizona Telemedicine Program, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona 85724-5105, USA. barkerg@u.arizona.edu
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Arizona
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health Services Research / economics
Humans
Practice Management, Medical / economics
Professional Practice / economics*
Technology Assessment, Biomedical / economics
Telemedicine / economics*

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