eHealth Strategies study results: Summary report and country reports on eHealth progress in Europe
The European Commission sponsored the eHealth Strategies study "European countries on their journey towards national eHealth infrastructures - evidence of progress and recommendations for cooperative actions". It is now available an online version of this report, while the full report will be published in Spring 2011. In addition, more than 30 individual reports detailing policy actions and deployment of eHealth applications in Member States and other European countries are available at the study website as well.
Since the publication of the European Commission’s (EC) eHealth Action Plan in 2004, eHealth has gained significant momentum across Europe. The study just released traces European countries’ progress along the goals set out in the eHealth Action Plan. It focuses on the core applications of EHR-like/patient summary and ePrescription systems. It also analyses governance, structural and legal issues as well as policy lifecycle aspects.
In the study website it is available the report titled "European countries on their journey towards national eHealth infrastructures - evidence of progress and recommendations for cooperative actions". Its results show that in virtually all European countries surveyed, political as well as stakeholder interest in eHealth policies, and the planning and implementation of national or regional infrastructures, has strengthened considerably. This concerns not so much the number of new priority objectives identified, infrastructure elements tackled or pilots run, but rather the overall level of awareness, activities and concrete undertakings. EC as well as Member State initiated activities and co-operations like epSOS or the eHealth Governance Initiative have both significantly contributed to this state of affairs and are witness thereof.
The results of the eHealth Strategies Study summarised in the report were presented, discussed and validated at a workshop in September 2010 in Brussels. Moreover, the experts as well as reviewers from the i2010 Subgroup on eHealth contributed their intimate knowledge of the eHealth situation in their respective countries. This comprehensive collection of country information constitutes a unique resource and important database of up to date evidence on eHealth progress across Europe, which updates and complements the results of the earlier eHealth ERA study of 2007.
Participants from various countries underlined the overriding observation that, to become even more successful, it will be mandatory to better mainstream eHealth into strategic health policy goals. eHealth implementation should not be the objective of a standalone strategy but be fully integrated into overall health policies.
empirica Communication and Technology Research, with more than 20 years of experience in research on eHealth and telemedicine topics, coordinated the study. The Finnish partner institute THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare), legal specialists from the law firm Time.lex and Professor Denis Protti (University of Victoria, Canada), contributed domain expertise.
For further information please visit the study website: http://www.ehealth-strategies.eu/index.htm
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