MAST (Model for Assessment of Telemedicine)

Model for Assessment of Telemedicine (MAST) gives a solid base for making a decision to introduce and the use of telemedicine by describing the effect of telemedicine regarding:

  1. the patient and the technology
  2. patient safety
  3. clinical effect
  4. the perspective of the patient
  5. financial aspects
  6. organisational aspects
  7. legal and ethical aspects

MAST is developed by Kristian Kidholm, Head of Socio-Economic Research at the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT). The model is the most used framework for evaluating telemedicine in Europe, and the European Comission recommends the model for the evaluation of telemedicine projects.

MAST is the result of the EU project MethoTelemed, which was concluded in 2010. Read the concluding report from the project of MethoTelemed.

AROUND MAST

MAST is used in a various contexts when there is a need for evalution of telemedicine and e-Health. In 2014, the National eHealth Authority (NSI) and the National Coordination Group for Telemedicine instituted the drafting of a new checklist for managers in the health sector when deciding which telemedical solutions to implement. The checklist is based on the Danish experiences with both mini HTA (Health Technology Assessment) and MAST. It was drafted in collaboration with the unit for Health Technology Assessment at CIMT.

In March 2015, the committee of eHealth in the Region of Southern Denmark decided to make the checklist mandatory in all decisions made by the Region of Southern Denmark concerning the implementation of telemedical solutions. Read more about the checklist (in Danish).

MAST is applied in other areas than hospitals, for instance for the evaluation of a major welfare technological project in a collaboration between 11 municipalities in the Region of Zealand. In addition, MAST is being used to evaluate telemedicine and e-health technologies by WelfareTech, VihTek Knowledge Centre for Aids and Welfare Technology (Videncenter for hjælpemidler og velfærdsteknologi) in the Capital Region of Denmark, The Danish Technological Institute, Welfare Innovation Zealand, Laboratory for Welfare Technologies – Telehealth & Telerehabilitation at Aalborg University, the Danish Health Data Authority and MedCom.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) also use MAST in this Framework for the Implementation of a Telemedicine Service.

MAST IN DANISH

Research workers at OUH and Aalborg University have published a brief introduction to MAST in Danish. The E-book is called: “Assessment of telemedicine and welfare technology in [email protected] A guide to MAST”, and may be downloaded from the webpage of the University Press of Southern Denmark.