Digital-Health-Index

Consistent promotion of user acceptance as a key to success – A Skype interview with Jennifer Zelmer on Digital Health in Canada

In our #SmartHealthSystems study, we analyzed 17 countries on the state of digitalization in healthcare. In our specifically developed Digital Health Index, Canada earned an excellent second place. In our Skype interview, Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, President and CEO of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, explains that new e-health services will be successful if they address the needs of citizens and healthcare professionals and are perceived as valuable clinical support. In Canada, the acceptance of new technologies has been systematically promoted through targeted user involvement and various campaigns. For Zelmer, the resulting engagement of citizens and physicians constitutes a key factor for the successful digitization process in Canada.

Digital Health – Europe is moving at different speeds

Electronic patient files prevent dangerous drug interactions; telemedicine provides patients access to medical expertise no matter where they are; health apps strengthen the chronically ill. In the digital transformation of the healthcare sector, however, EU Member States are advancing at different speeds. In our #SmartHealthSystems study, which is now published in English, we compared the progress of Digital Health in 14 EU Member States and three OECD countries. Using our specifically developed Digital Health Index, we found three key factors common to the leading countries. In addition, the study provides insights into the ‘lessons learned’ of various countries regarding the implementation of Digital Health into regular healthcare delivery.

The digital transformation in healthcare requires clear decision-making structures and the trust of citizens – A Skype interview with Madis Tiik on Digital Health in Estonia

In our #SmartHealthSystems study, we analyzed 17 countries on the state of digitization in health care. Estonia ranks first in our specifically developed Digital Health Index . As our country report shows, e-prescription and electronic patient files have been legally required in Estonia for a decade. Citizens can view their personal health data, find out about illnesses or book medical appointments online via the national health information portal. Since 2012, video consultations and telediagnostics are also permitted and integrated into outpatient care. In a Skype interview, Dr. Madis Tiik, family doctor and digital health expert, explains how Estonia has successfully accomplished digitization. The former CEO of the Estonian eHealth Foundation emphasizes the importance of clear competencies and a dedicated organization for the implementation of digital health processes. The trust of citizens thanks to transparency and a secure national infrastructure are further success factors, he points out.

“Digitization is not a fairy that can grant wishes” – a Skype-Interview with Yvonne Gilli on the Swiss Electronic Dossier

#SmartHealthSystems: Switzerland is on its way to implement the Electronic Dossier (EPD) for the hospital sector. For patients and doctors the use of the EPD is voluntary. Dr. med. Yvonne Gilli, head of the digitization and E-Health Department at the Swiss Medical Association FMH (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum), tells us in a Skype-interview what the EPD can offer for patients and doctors.

Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen mit Tablet. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen. Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen hoch. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen.

The reasons behind sundhed.dk’s success – a Skype-Interview with Jakob Uffelmann

#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.

Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen mit Tablet. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen. Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen hoch. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen.
Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen mit Tablet. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen. Meerjungfrau in Kopenhagen hoch. Auf dem Display ist eine Anwendung zu sehen.

Learning from other countries: How is digitization in healthcare progressing across the globe? – Comparative international study launched

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.