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Telemedicine - Not just simply the death of distance - The organisational problem and its solution
In its early history, telemedicine was met with great enthusiasm and considered an enabler to overcome distance barriers. Much focus was given to software and hardware and champions of the technology were important. However, the diffusion of telemedicine has been slower than many expected. Telemedicine’s greatest problem is not to make the technology work. It is organisations and humans in organisations who will decide the future of telemedicine. Empirical research shows organisational problems to be crucial. For telemedicine, we find many organisational consequences and many types of consequences. Measures of collaboration (def.: actions important for good telemedicine collaboration) are important to make telemedicine distance collaboration work. A new concept for centralization and decentralization simplifies analysis of where to locate telemedicine. Health care has something to learn from network organisation research and from research on virtual organisations. In telemedicine era, a new way of organising can be network organisation, combined with centralization and decentralization. The learning potential connected to telemedicine is significant. If health care tackles the situation correctly, organisations can be changed to facilitators for telemedicine. 


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I. H. Monrad Aas ( is a PhD (1983) from the University of Oslo, full professor competence (from 1994). In the database for publications from Norwegian research ( he has close to 170 registrations. He has been invited speaker to international conferences, invited to write for numerous journals and publishing companies, invited to participate in international projects, leading international projects, mentor for more than 250 research works, leading international courses at high level for health personnel and international courses for researchers, opponent at doctoral dissertations, and upon invitation became a fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine (London) in 2011. Latest position: Senior Researcher at Vestfold Hospital Trust, Tønsberg, Norway.



Senior Researcher

Vestfold Hospital Trust


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