Facilitators towards integration of health information technologies within healthcare systems

Journal of Health & Medical Informatics

ISSN: 2157-7420

Open Access

Facilitators towards integration of health information technologies within healthcare systems

2nd International Conference on Health Informatics and Technology

July 27-29, 2015 Valencia, Spain

Eng Elena Villalba Mora

Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Health Med Informat

Abstract :

European Union (EU) health care systems will face in the near-future a challenging society and must offer and assure high-quality and affordable care to all citizens. This will force EU Health Care Systems to tackle some challenges such as demographic change, increased prevalence of chronic diseases, mobility of patients, rising healthcare costs, etc. HIT can contribute to different aspects related to the health sector, which involved much more than healthcare such as public health, research and innovation, education and training of professionals and citizens and patientsÔ?? empowerment for independent living. Health Information Technologies (HIT) can play a key role to tackle them, transforming the current healthcare towards a proactive and preventing healthcare and self-care. And moreover, HIT delocalizes the care delivery, which is nowadays mainly performed in hospitals. Although HIT and related technology as mHealth can alleviate the socio-economic challenges described above, their deployment and adoption is still slow and fragmented. We have investigated through a qualitative analysis more than 30 telehealth, telecare and integrated personal health system projects and systems, implemented across 25 regions in European countries and beyond, to understand the factors that prevent or facilitate the integration of them into the actual healthcare systems. We have identified key facilitators that are necessary for successful deployment and adoption in those regions (e.g. re-organisation of services, patient focus, governance mechanisms, interoperable information systems, policy commitment, engaged professionals, national investments and funding programs). From our research, we observed a promising trend, awareness and introduction of eHealth and HIT is increasing.

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