Benchmarking deployment of eHealth among general practitioners II
A survey of General Practitioners (GPs) was conducted in 31 countries (EU27+ Croatia, Iceland, Norway, and Turkey) to measure and explain levels of availability and use (adoption) of eHealth applications and services. A random sample of 9,196 GPs was interviewed and data was processed using sophisticate multivariate statistical techniques.
eHealth – defined broadly as ’the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) across the whole range of healthcare functions’ (European Commission, 2004) – can contribute to cope with the challenges currently faced by healthcare systems in Europe. These challenges include the need to ensure system sustainability while preserving quality in the face of an ageing population. The adoption of eHealth, matched by organisational changes and by other technical innovations, can turn these challenges into the triple win-set as targets of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA): quality of life, sustainability, innovation and growth. The survey offers valuable insights on the levels of adoption of ICT in eHealth across the countries covered by the study. Adoption levels suggest that we are still very far from reaching the target and objectives defined for eHealth both in the Digital Agenda for Europe and in the 2012 eHealth Action Plan, and that more policy efforts are needed to facilitate uptake.
The study forms part of earlier research projects conducted by Open Evidence staff.