Diffusion of Innovation: Telehealth for Care at Home

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The ‘care at home’ study focused on a Scottish telehealth service, which was designed to support children with palliative and complex care needs. Using the diffusion of innovation theory, this poster highlights the differences between the way telehealth is used in the public sector and in a third sector or a voluntary organization. Analysis of the data, taken from interviews with key stakeholders, illuminate barriers and solutions as noted by clinicians who see the clear benefits and potential risks of telehealth use at home. In conclusion, it is argued that a strategic steer towards a culture of innovation is needed to support effective use of telehealth in clinical practice. Senior managers in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom need to ‘unleash’ the goodwill of staff who are eager to exploit innovation in clinical practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in health technology and informatics
Subtitle of host publicationMEDINFO 2015: eHealth-enabled Health
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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