Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Project Management

First Advisor

Dr.Stephen Onu

Abstract

Telemedicine could fundamentally change health care in the United States by delivering treatments using telecommunications platform. The primary purpose of the proposed study is to identify the various risks involved in Telemedicine projects in healthcare, find out their causes and explore the ways in which the risks can be mitigated. This approach has been a striking evolution in the current healthcare sector. Telemedicine is hugely successful in the operations of the organization. Inspite of the huge success ratio, there are certain risks associated with Telemedicine which needs to be managed. The Literature review on Telemedicine was conducted in three core areas:

  1. A review of the current trends and challenges in Telemedicine
  2. A review of few of the risk mitigation techniques associated with Telemedicine
  3. A review of the current practices of Telemedicine with adaptation to project risk management

This is viable because most of the issues regarding healthcare risks, including the most recent ones, have been documented by various researchers. Therefore, several relevant materials will be analyzed to come up with the appropriate solutions to the existing problems. According to some of the literature reviews, the interventions on the health care risks can be categorized into three: the detection, mitigation, and the action to reduce the risks. The preliminary studies indicate that the various healthcare risks result from medical errors, patient privacy breaches, diagnostic errors, and hazardous conditions, among others. Most of these risks involve the healthcare staff and the hospitals in general. It is therefore important for a program to be developed on how to mitigate the risks. Such programs have been initiated in the various hospitals across the world in the developing countries. What has not been provided is the comprehensive information on the cause of the risks and how they can be mitigated appropriately.

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