Development and Progression in Danish eHealth Policies: Towards Evidence-Based Policy Making

Sidsel Villumsen, Arild Faxvaag, Christian Nøhr

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Abstract

In order to realise the potential benefits of eHealth, governments develop eHealth policies to define and prioritise initiatives, the strategic goals and the resulting benefits. During the 23 years with eHealth policies in Denmark only a few status reports with a systematic and transparent evaluation have been made. This paper advocates a more systematic approach to strategic planning of development and implementation of eHealth systems, by encouraging the concept of evidence-based policy making through analysis of how focus of the Danish eHealth policies have evolved. The Danish eHealth policies have very different framings following the different focus points for the policies. Interestingly, strategies for evaluating the devolopment of eHealth and eHealth policies were very sparcely noted in the policies. For the first time the de-emphasising of evaluations of eHealth policies in Denmark has been empirically demonstrated, thus undermining the objective of obtaining evidence-based eHealth policies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2019 : Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsLucila Ohno-Machado, Brigitte Séroussi
Volume264
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date21. Aug 2019
Pages1075-1079
ISBN (Print)978-1-64368-002-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-003-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21. Aug 2019
Event17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2019 - Lyon, France
Duration: 25. Aug 201930. Aug 2019

Conference

Conference17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, MEDINFO 2019
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period25/08/201930/08/2019
SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN0926-9630

Keywords

  • Learning
  • Medical Informatics
  • Policy

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