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The ‘wrong pocket’ problem as a barrier to the integration of telehealth in health organisations

One of these barriers is what is known as the ‘wrong pocket’ problem – where an organisation or sector makes expenditures and investments to address a given problem, but the benefits (return on investment) are captured by another organisation or sector (the wrong pocket). This problem is the origin of many difficulties in public policies and programmes (e.g. education, environment, justice and public health), especially in terms of sustainability and scaling-up of technology and innovation. In this essay/perspective, we address the wrong pocket problem in the context of a major telehealth project in Canada.


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