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Nordic eHealth Benchmarking

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The report presents results of the Nordic eHealth Research Network, a subgroup of the eNordic Council of Ministers Health group. The network defined and collected data for altogether 49 common eHealth indicators from the Nordic Countries. Health information was quite comprehensively electronically available from other organisations in all the Nordic countries by end of 2014. Intensity of use of nationally stored data remained low except in Denmark. Sweden had best availability of the Patient portal functionalities. Patients used patient portal functionalities rarely except in Denmark. Doctors in Iceland had most positive experiences of their health information systems. Even with limitations, the current work presents a solid basis for working towards the goal of the eHealth network: generating comparable information to support development of Nordic welfare.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Nordic Council of Ministers eHealth group for financial as well as substance-support to the work. We thank all the NeRN network organisations for offering the NeRN experts possibility to participate in this work mainly at own expense. We also wish to thank all the teams behind the national surveys for allowing the NeRN network to use the nationally collected data for Nordic Benchmarking. For organisations providing the log-data, we extend warm thank you for collaboration. Special thank you also for Expert physician Ilkka Lassi (THL, Operational Management unit) and LicMed Tinja Lääveri (Hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa) for their invaluable comments to improve the manuscript.

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