Managing telemedicine: from noble ideas to action
2002 (English)In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, ISSN 1357-633X, Vol. 8, no 3, 143-150 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the present study was to elucidate how telemedicine can be used in an integrated and comprehensive manner. Two Swedish telemedicine projects were studied. The technical platform was an ISDN videoconferencing system which could be connected to various items of medical equipment. The first project, general telemedicine, concerned communication between two primary care centres, one county hospital and one university hospital. The specialties involved were dermatology, orthopaedics and otolaryngology. The second project, telepathology, included pathology and cytology at the university hospital, and surgery and gynaecology at a county hospital. The first round of interviews was conducted to reveal the expectations of the physicians regarding the potential benefits and applications of the technology and potential organizational obstacles. Subsequent interview rounds were carried out to reveal what had happened since the previous interview. In total 62 interviews were carried out with 32 respondents. The main conclusions were that the technology's generic features, namely the transmission of pictures and sound, had been translated into appropriate fields of application, which had been diffused and routinized in organizational activities. In order to facilitate this process, there were two crucial issues for managers. First, due to the 'openness' of the technology, actors who had the will to test the limits of the technology had to be identified and engaged. Second, while the use of the new technologies implied that new patterns of action were established, it was necessary to discover and develop routines that could be used as a facilitator for the further use of telemedicine.
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2002. Vol. 8, no 3, 143-150 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16810PubMedID: 12097175 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-16810DiVA: diva2:156483