It’s brilliant that research like this is being done:

Scottish government funds telecare and IT research

University of Edinburgh is to receive a share of £4m funding from the Scottish government to research telemetric supported self-monitoring of long-term conditions.

But am I totally off the mark in saying that the really big problem in NHS healthcare is software? (Quick poll round the office: everyone agrees with me! Actually there’s only one other person here right now.) Shouldn’t we be giving similarly large sums of money to Universities to work out how to end up with better-integrated, more usable software? Why is it assumed that private companies have already solved (or can solve) the big software problems? I’d say the evidence is to the contrary…