Stimulus funding, telehealth and procurement

There’s head-scratching going on in telehealth and telecare companies about how to take advantage of the funding that governments are putting into stimulating their economies. There is a prima facie case that all forms of telehealth in particular is a good candidate for such investment: The technology exists; there is knowledge about how to introduce it; there is unmet demand and, by improving people’s health and reducing healthcare costs, its uptake should have wider socio-economic benefits (as Tom Jones pointed out in the WSDAN item earlier this week).

The following four story links illustrate aspects of the problem faced by supplier companies as they wait for governments to resolve procurement-related issues.