The Impact of eHealth on the Quality and Safety of Healthcare

The Impact of eHealth on the Quality and Safety of Healthcare,10.1007/978-3-642-11284-3_21,Azeem Majeed,Ashly Black,Josip Car,Chantelle Anandan,Kathri

The Impact of eHealth on the Quality and Safety of Healthcare   (Citations: 3)
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There is considerable interest in using information technology (IT) to enhance the quality and safety of healthcare. We undertook a systematic literature review to assess the impact of eHealth applications on the quality and safety of healthcare. We retrieved 46,349 potentially relevant publications, from which we selected 67 relevant systematic reviews for inclusion. The literature was found to be poorly collated and of variable quality in its methodology, reporting and utility. We categorised eHealth applications into three main areas: i). storing, managing and transmission of data; ii). supporting clinical decision-making; and iii). facilitating care from a distance. We found that relative to the potential benefits noted within the literature, little empirical evidence exists in support of these applications. Of the few studies revealing the clearest evidence of benefits, many are from academic clinical centres where developers of new applications have also been directly associated with their evaluation. It is therefore unclear how effective these applications would be if deployed outside the environment in which they were developed. Our review of the impact of eHealth applications on quality and safety of healthcare demonstrated a vast gap between the postulated and empirically demonstrated benefits. In addition, there is a lack of robust research on risks and costs. Consequently, the cost-effectiveness of these interventions has yet to be demonstrated.
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    • ...To inform these global deliberations, we systematically reviewed the preexisting systematic review literature on eHealth technologies and their impact on the quality and safety of health care delivery. We synthesised and contextualised our findings with the broader theoretical and methodological literature with a view to producing a comprehensive and accessible overview of the field. We present here a synopsis and updated version of a much larger recently published report covering the period 1997–2010 ...

    Ashly D. Blacket al. The Impact of eHealth on the Quality and Safety of Health Care: A Syst...

    • ...See for example [3] Pagliari C, Donnan O, Morrison J, Rickets I, Gregor P, Sullivan F (2005), [4] Aziz Sheikh (2006) and the following section provides some examples of technological application within Diabetes...

    Farath Arshadet al. Diabetes Online - Patient Management (DO-PM)

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