eHealth in the EU: What’s The Diagnosis?
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What's the diagnosis?
According to two surveys in acute care hospitals (those intended for short-term medical or surgical treatment and care) and among General Practitioners (GPs) in
The main findings of the surveys include:
1.Top performing countries for #eHealth uptake in hospitals are
2.eHealth services are still mostly used for traditional recording and reporting rather than for clinical purposes, such as holding consultations online (only 10% of GPs hold online consultations)
3.When it comes to digitising patient health records,
4.However, only 9% of hospitals in
5.When adopting e-health, hospitals and GPs experience many barriers ranging from lack of interoperability to lack of regulatory framework and resources.
Commenting on the survey, Commission Vice President @NeelieKroesEU, said:
"We need to change the mentality in the healthcare sector rapidly. Six out of 10 GPs using eHealth shows that doctors are taking its temperature, but it's time for fever pitch! And only 9% of hospitals allow patients access to their own digital records? Come on! I want governments, high tech innovators, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals and hospitals to join forces and create an innovative and cost-efficient healthcare system -with more control and transparency for the patient."
Commissioner for Health,
Why the long wait?
When asked why GPs were not using eHealth services more, their reasons were a lack of remuneration (79%); insufficient knowledge of IT skills (72%); the lack of interoperability of systems (73%); and a lack of a regulatory framework on confidentiality and privacy for email doctor-patient communication (71%).
The studies measured the use of digital tools and services in health: use of and access to electronic health records, tele-health, exchange of information between professionals etc. These services, if fully implemented, give patients more information, and more involvement in their healthcare, improved access to health advice and treatment and can make national healthcare systems more efficient.
eHealth tools include (a) Electronic Health Records -EHR, (b) Health Information Exchange - HIE, (c) Tele-health, and (d) Personal Health Records).
Health Information Exchange:
1.48% of EU hospitals share some medical information with external GPs electronically and 70% of EU hospitals with external care providers. Top performers are
2.GPs make only limited use of ePrescription and doctor-patient email interaction (32% and 35% respectively). The top 3 performers for ePrescription are
3.Less than 8% of EU hospitals share medical information electronically with healthcare providers located in other EU countries.
Only 9% of hospitals offer patients the opportunity to be remotely monitored, which would reduce the need for hospital stays and thereby increase the safety of living independently. Fewer than 10% of GPs conduct online consultations with patients and fewer than 16% with other medical specialists online.
Benchmarking Deployment of eHealth among General Practitioners (2013)
eHealth in the Digital Agenda
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