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Table 4 Comparison of telemedicine activity among nine different statewide networks delivering multispecialty services

From: Adoption of routine telemedicine in Norwegian hospitals: progress over 5 years

  Reference Technology Year Network size Population served Telemedicine consultations Pro capita ratea
Veterans Health Administration, USA [Darkins 2014] [22] VC and SF 2013 152 Medical Centers, 600 community-based outpatient clinics, patients’ homes 21,600,000 600,000 27.8
Alaska, USA [Kokesh 2011] [26] VC and SF 2009 248 sites, more than 700 health-care providers 700,000 14,000 20.0
Ontario, Canada [O’Gorman 2015] [17] VC and SF 2013 2026 sites 13,550,900 221,353 16.3
African Francophone Telemedicine Network, Bolivia [Vargas 2014] [23] VC and SF 2013 more than 20 health institutions 200,000 700 3.5
Alberta, Canada [Ohinmaa 2006] [24] VC 2003 212 sites 3,000,000 5766 1.9
Georgia, USA [Brewer 2011] [25] VC and SF 2009 51 statewide access points 9,829,211 18,000 1.8
Nebraska, USA [Meyers 2012] [27] Mainly VC 2010 over 110 sites 1,800,000 2600 1.4
Western Australia [Dillon 2005] [28] VC 2003 104 sites 2,000,000 2151 1.1
Norway [present study] VC 2013 28 hospitals 5,165,802 2879 0.6
  1. aPro capita rate: consultations/1000 inhabitants
  2. Abbreviations: VC videoconferencing, SF store-and-forward