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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2424709, 6 pages
Research Article

Continuing Medical Education via Telemedicine and Sustainable Improvements to Health

Department of Economics and Department of Public Health, Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan

Received 10 January 2016; Revised 9 July 2016; Accepted 1 August 2016

Academic Editor: Max E. Stachura

Copyright © 2016 Fuhmei Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. This research aims to investigate the quantitative relationship between telemedicine and online continuing medical education (CME) and to find the optimal CME lectures to be delivered via telemedicine to improve the population’s health status. Objective. This study examines the following: What factors foster learning processes in CME via telemedicine? What is the possible role of online CME in health improvement? And How optimal learning processes can be integrated with various health services? Methods. By applying telemedicine experiences in Taiwan over the period 1995–2004, this study uses panel data and the method of ordinary least squares to embed an adequate set of phenomena affecting the provision of online CME lectures versus health status. Results. Analytical results find that a nonlinear online CME-health nexus exists. Increases in the provision of online CME lectures are associated with health improvements. However, after the optimum has been reached, greater provision of online CME lectures may be associated with decreasing population health. Conclusion. Health attainment could be partially viewed as being determined by the achievement of the appropriately providing online CME lectures. This study has evaluated the population’s health outcomes and responded to the currently inadequate provision of online CME lectures via telemedicine.