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Nordic eHealth Indicators

Organisation of research, first results and the plan for the future

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The Nordic eHealth Research Network was established in 2012 as a forum for policy makers and researchers to jointly work towards measurable policy goals and data that can be exploited to steer decision making related to goals and their implementation. This report describes first results of the Network: eHealth policy analysis and first common Nordic eHealth indicators. The results show similarities and also some differences in the eHealth policies, priorities and implementation. Interesting similarities and differences in availability and use of eHealth services in the Nordic countries were found with the first comparable eHealth indicators. The results create a basis for Evidence-based policy making as well as benchmarking and learning best practices from each other.

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Concluding remarks and recommendations

eHealth benchmarking seems to be high on the agenda not only in the Nordic Countries but worldwide. The Nordic Council of Ministers’ eHealth group made an important decision at the beginning of 2012 to support the establishment of a network of research organisations within the Nordic countries, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Aaland that can develop, test and assess a common set of indicators for monitoring eHealth in these countries for use by national and international policy makers and scientific communities to support the development of Nordic welfare.

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