Telemedicine R&D Influencing Incoming Strategies and Organization Models

Telemedicine R&D Influencing Incoming Strategies and Organization Models

Francesco Gabbrielli
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2979-0.ch017
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In the modern medicine and surgery, innovations arise from interdisciplinary work. Therefore, to analyse how telemedicine R&D is influencing strategies and organizational models in healthcare systems we have to study how ICT and robotics innovations can interact with structured healthcare services on a large scale. The problem is interdisciplinary, and the answer has to be on different levels: economical, technological, and organizational. Overall, change needs of two paradigms from telemedicine to telematic medicine and surgery and from financial strategies for saving to lean thinking for innovations. The innovation of value can be obtained when healthcare organization combines innovative telematic medicine and surgery services with utility, prices, and costs. To work on these innovations without rearranging the whole organizational flow around the future e-health service means inducing the healthcare organization to generate wastes and face unnecessary expenses attached to future healthcare processes with such high and probably unsustainable costs.
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Influencing Strategies And Economics

Even if there has been any period in history a period never existed in which available resources were sufficient to satisfy the human wish to increase quality and length of life, it is real that in the last three decades the gap between healthcare expectations and resources appears disproportionately high (Klarman, 1965).

Then, all over the world, people have realised that all desired care cannot be administered to everybody, but resources have to be allocated following ethical criteria accepted by people and that at the same time are equal and effective. European politicians have chosen to invest in healthcare systems based on a cooperative spirit in order to guarantee the access to care to every citizen while saving costs at the same time.

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