Achieving Efficiency Improvements in the Health Sector through the Implementation of Information and Communication Technologies

Achieving Efficiency Improvements in the Health Sector through the Implementation of Information and Communication Technologies
This report presents an analysis of OECD countries' efforts to implement information and communication technologies (ICTs) in health care systems. It provides advice on the range of policy options, conditions and practices that policy makers can adapt to their own national circumstances to accelerate adoption and effective use of these technologies. The analysis draws upon a considerable body of recent literature and in, particular, lessons learned from case studies in six OECD countries (Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United States), all of which reported varying degrees of success deploying health ICT solutions. These ranged from foundational communication infrastructures to sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) systems.

Within the OECD Secretariat, this report was developed by Elettra Ronchi who acted as project manager and principal author, and by M. Saad Khan who provided key contributions. The report, in its various iterations, benefited from comments and suggestions from Martine Durand, Mark Pearson, Gaetan LaFortune, Howard Oxley, Francesca Colombo, Elizabeth Docteur, Peter Scherer, Graham Vickery and the project's Expert Group, which included representatives from OECD member countries, the European Commission, the World Health Organisation, and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). The Expert Group provided technical input and feedback on the work at three meetings convened during the course of the project. An additional expert meeting was organised by the BIAC at OECD Headquarters in 2007 under the OECD Labour Management Programme.

The authors would like to express particular thanks to country experts who aided in the implementation of case studies, and those members of national administrations who took the time to help the Secretariat. In particular, special thanks go to Hans Haveman and Barend Hofman (Netherlands); Christine Labaty, Nancy Milroy-Swainson, Joseph Mendez and Liz Waldner (Canada); Kerry Burden and David Glance (Australia); Ashish Jha, Blackford Middleton, Micky Tripathi, David Bates, Charles Friedman, Yael Harris, Rachel Nelson, Jenny Harvell (United States); Javier Carnicaero, Oscar Ezinmo, Luis Alegre Latorre, Luis Manzanero Organero and Josep Pomar Reynés (Spain); Daniel Forslund, Enock Ongwae, Gunnel Bridell, and Bengt Åstrand (Sweden); Paivi Hamalainen (Finland); Kristian Skauli (Norway); Erwin Bartels (Germany). Bill Pattinson (Australia) assisted the Secretariat as outside expert consultant on background work for the part on monitoring and benchmarking. Secretarial and administrative support was received from Aidan Curran, Heike-Daniela Herzog, Elma Lopes and Isabelle Vallard.

Thanks are also due to those member countries who supported this project with voluntary contributions: Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain.

This project was co-financed by a grant provided by the Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission.

Download Achieving Efficiency Improvements in the Health Sector through the Implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (.pdf, 1.172 KB).

Download from eHealthNews.eu Portal's mirror: Achieving Efficiency Improvements in the Health Sector through the Implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (.pdf, 1.172 KB).

Most Popular Now

FDA Authorizes Software that Can Help Id…

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized marketing of software to assist medical professionals who examine body tissues (pathologists) in the detection of areas that are suspicious for cancer...

Orion Health Supports Professional Recor…

Orion Health is supporting the Professional Record Standards Body's partnership scheme by applying to become a 'quality partner'. The company, which is one of the UK’s leading providers of shared care...

Roche Opens Access to Pathology Imaging …

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced the introduction of the Roche Digital Pathology Open Environment that allows software developers to easily integrate their image analysis tools for tumour tissue...

App Launched in Multiple Languages to He…

An app is being launched to help patients with long term conditions manage their health via care plans accessed on their phone. Unity, by mobile health provider, Health Fabric, will...

Northumbria Healthcare Picks CliniSys to…

Pathologists at one of England's most innovative trusts have chosen the CliniSys laboratory information system (LIMS) as part of a digital strategy to support its drive to continually improve patient...

A Computer Algorithm Called 'Eva' May Ha…

A prescriptive computer program developed by the USC Marshall School of Business and Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania for Greece to identify asymptomatic, infected travelers...

Contact-Tracing Apps could Improve Vacci…

Mathematical modeling of disease spread suggests that herd immunity could be achieved with fewer vaccine doses by using Bluetooth-based contact-tracing apps to identify people who have more exposure to others...

University of Oxford and Oracle Cloud Sy…

The fast spread of the highly infectious Delta variant underscores the need for faster identification of COVID-19 mutations. Uniting governments and medical communities in this challenge, the University of Oxford...

Study Finds Telemedicine Appointments Re…

Telemedicine appointments combined with in-person visits significantly reduced the risk of further illness for children with medically complex cases, according to results of a new study by researchers with The...

AI Tool Improves Accuracy of Breast Canc…

A computer program trained to see patterns among thousands of breast ultrasound images can aid physicians in accurately diagnosing breast cancer, a new study shows. When tested separately on 44,755 already...

Using Internet in Retirement Boosts Cogn…

Using the internet during your retirement years can boost your cognitive function, a new study has found. Researchers from Lancaster University Management School, the Norwegian University Science and Technology and...

FDA Clears First Major Imaging Device Ad…

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the first new major technological improvement for Computed Tomography (CT) imaging in nearly a decade. "Computed tomography is an important medical imaging tool...