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    Dee W. Ford, Shawn R. Valenta, editors.
    Summary: This book provides an overview of key issues with regards to implementing telemedicine services as well as an in depth overview of telemedicine in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Topics range from specific practices to program development. Telemedicine has experienced explosive growth in recent years and yet, implementing telemedicine solutions is complex with substantial regulatory, legal, financial, logistical, and intra-organization/intra-personal barriers that must be overcome. This book provides the necessary information and guidance to address those complex issues. This book is broadly divided into two parts 1) a primer on requisite steps before embarking on telemedicine service development and 2) specific applications and examples where telemedicine is successfully utilized to improve quality of care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. The first part includes coverage of telemedicine and finance, regulatory and legal issues, and program development. The second part delves into specifics with information on ambulatory telemedicine programs, inpatient consultations, and tele-ICU programs. All chapters are written by interprofessional authors that are leaders in the field of telemedicine with extensive knowledge of diverse telemedicine programs and robust real-world experience on the topic. This is an ideal guide for telehealth program managers, and pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine professionals interested in improving their telehealth practice.

    SECTION I: Primer on Telemedicine Program Development
    Overview and History of Telemedicine
    Regulatory and Legal Issues
    Telemedicine and Finance
    Intra- versus Inter-organizational Issues in Telemedicine Program Development
    Telehealth Services Framework
    Technology and Data System Considerations
    People Issues in Telemedicine
    How Telemedicine Can Support High Quality Care
    SECTION II: Application of Telemedicine in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
    Ambulatory Telemedicine Programs for Pulmonary Diseases
    Emergency Department Based Consultations
    Inpatient Consultations
    Tele-ICU Programs.
    Digital Access Springer 2021