#SmartHealthSystems: What have we learned from Switzerland? Despite the country’s federally fragmented health system, implementing a decentralized national electronic patient record system is feasible – as long as the hurdles are cleared along the way.
In the Netherlands, patients can opt-in to a system of electronic data exchange in the healthcare system – and hence profit from an e-health infrastructure that is considerably well developed. Dr. Lies van Gennip, Director of NICTIZ, tells us in a Skype-interview how the Dutch system is designed and what experiences the country has made so far.
#SmartHealthSystems: Our third contribution from the Netherlands shows what consequences misjudging the situation can have and the disadvantages of purely technology-driven advances – and why Germany still has much to learn from its neighbor to the West when it comes to e-health.
#SmartHealthSystems: sundhed.dk is a national portal that aims to be the first point of contact for all Danish citizens seeking information about their health. Jakob Uffelmann, Director of Innovation at sundhed.dk, tells us how the Danish portal became a success story, how data protection is guaranteed, and what future services for citizens and patients are being developed.
A frequently heard assessment of Germany’s healthcare system is that it continues to lag notably behind other countries in terms of digitization. But in which areas, exactly, does it lag behind the most? What strategies are other countries pursuing? What can we learn from the experiences of those countries? In the coming months, our goal is to undertake a comparative international study that provides insights into exactly what characterizes a successful national digitization strategy. We are therefore targeting an analysis of the framework conditions, major advancements and success factors in 17 different healthcare systems. Our basic thesis going in to this analysis is that fully leveraging digitization’s potential in the realm of healthcare involves developing a tenable national strategy with long-term objectives that features a clear vision and is advocated by political leadership – regardless of a country’s size or political system.
The German Telemedicine Portal lists a total of 169 telemedicine projects in the country. The range of items covered point to the areas where telemedicine is helping improve health care delivery and close gaps in the healthcare sector. However, many projects fail to develop beyond the pilot phase to become part of standard care. Indeed, Germany currently features a patchwork quilt of telemedicine. Last year, we took a closer look at four pioneering projects, examining the key factors driving their success. In the coming weeks, individual representatives of these pioneering projects will be invited to offer their thoughts here in this blog.
Increasingly, the internet is the place to go to for health information. One in 20 searches on Google is related to health. More than half of German internet users look for information online about illnesses and treatments at least once a year. However, if the common assumption is to be believed, they usually fail to find what they are looking for in the jungle of information and succeed only in becoming needlessly confused. Or they are confronted with factually inaccurate or misleading information. One proposed solution to this problem is the establishment of a National Health Portal. The German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) has commissioned the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) to develop a concept for such a portal by the beginning of 2018. Does this idea hold up to scrutiny? Because we would like to offer both constructive and critical input to the German government’s efforts, and after frequent requests for our own opinion in past months, this blog post gathers together our current thoughts on a National Health Portal –in ten theses.
Both treatment providers and patients will only accept an electronic health record (EHR) if it is clearly organized, simple, and easy to use, claims Professor Peter Haas, a medical information scientist at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Fachhochschule Dortmund), in an expert report on the EHR commissioned by us. In this guest blog post, Professor Haas pointedly describes why acceptance is a crucial success factor for the introduction of an IT solution – in this specific case, the electronic health record, and how it can be achieved.
Everyone with a stake in the health care system agrees: Digitization is changing health care delivery. But attitudes toward digital transformation’s limits and opportunities vary widely. With its “Digital Patient” project, the Bertelsmann Stiftung identifies trends in the field while offering solutions to the new challenges we face. This blog serves as a platform for discussion on issues addressed by the project.