The authors analyze competing forces affecting the diffusion of telemedicine practices across organizations, potential learning effects from telemedicine practice, and their implications for the development of telemedicine-based networks. They also speculate on the learning, diffusion, and institutional effects that telemedical collaboration may trigger; five sets of propositions are advanced to explain these effects.
David F. Robinson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Area of Management, Lubbock, Texas.
Grant T. Savage, Ph.D., is Richard Scrushy/HealthSouth Chair and Professor in Health Care Management, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Kim Sydow Campbell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.