5. Multi-sourcing of telecare and telehealth equipment

Today there is only limited interoperability between the telehealth and telecare systems of different manufacturers. This can result in service operators feeling “locked in” to a specific supplier, and unable to purchase equipment from a different supplier, even if it is cheaper, or provides facilities unavailable from the incumbent supplier. This work area is focussed around the development of a suitable interoperability framework that would  open-up the market to greater competition, driving innovation and reducing cost of ownership. It would likely be based around agreeing  open standards upon which interfaces could be provided at various points in the overall system

6. Telehealth system integration with GP systems

One of the perceived obstacles to the widespread deployment of telehealth systems is the lack of integration between the telehealth system and the clinical information system used by GPs (and hospital consultants). This work area is focussed around removing or minimising any such obstacle, be it real or perceived. In an ideal world, it would be as easy for a GP to refer a patient onto a telehealth programme as it is to refer him/her to a hospital for diagnosis. From within his existing records system, the GP should be able to select the telehealth service, and define the parameters