Making sense of technology adoption in healthcare: meso-level considerations

BMC Med. 2015 Apr 23;13:92. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0305-8.


It has been clear for some time that the development of telecare faces significant problems. Large scale studies and clinical trials seem to suggest that the cost and clinical effectiveness of telecare systems is doubtful, and the claim that these systems empower or enable service users often seems greatly overstated. The question that stems from this is, can these problems be overcome? Greenhalgh et al. have critiqued the construction of telecare as a generalised technological solution to problems of the delivery of care and have offered a new framework for defining quality in telecare and telehealth. They outline a set of principles that focus on user-centredness, co-creation, integration, and evaluation. This is a valuable approach, and is part of a much wider transformation of the way in which policy and practice researchers conceptualise healthcare delivery as a problem of performativity. Recognising that this is an important shift, in this paper I argue that we also need to keep in mind the meso-level factors that structure new technology applications in practice. Please see the related article:

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  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Services for Persons with Disabilities / standards*
  • Health Services for the Aged / standards*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment / standards*
  • Telemedicine / methods*