Governance structures impact on eHealth

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Patrick Kierkegaard

Background
National eHealth implementation efforts need to move beyond the scope of making technology the primary focus and instead consider the broader spectrum of influences that can either hinder or facilitate eHealth adoption such as governance structures and policies. In this study, Denmark serves as an ideal candidate for further examination due to the country׳s rich history of intertwining events that have played an important role in the dynamic relationship between governance and eHealth success and failures.

Methods
A case study approach was used to gather a combination of primary and secondary data sources. All data collection was carried out through desk-research. Data collection relied on performing an extensive search of literature for relevant studies using combinations of keywords that reflected eHealth and governance-related topics. Inclusion and exclusion criteria׳s were applied to identify relevant papers.

Results
This study reveals that despite Denmark׳s high deployment of eHealth technologies, the Danish healthcare system faces significant interoperability challenges which stem from the country׳s decentralized and centralized approach to eHealth implementation.

Conclusion
Structural reforms, policies and the processes driving the rapid dissemination of eHealth have a combined influence on the overall progress of eHealth adoption. Successful national eHealth implementation requires that countries act sensitive to the dynamics of governance, and specifically strive for the right balance between centralization and decentralization to nurture synergy and transparency between all stakeholders involved in the dissemination of eHealth systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Policy and Technology
Volume4
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
ISSN2211-8837
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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