Title: Integrated Personal Health and Care Services deployment: Experiences in eight European countries
Authors: VILLALBA MORA ELENACASAS VILLALBA IsabelABADIE FabienneLLUCH MARIA
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATICS vol. 82 no. 7 p. 626-635
Publisher: ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC78694
ISSN: 1386-5056
URI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23587432
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC78694
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.03.002
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Objectives: The deployment and adoption of Integrated Personal Health and Care Services in Europe has been slow and fragmented. There have been many initiatives and projects of this kind in different European regions, many of which have not gone beyond the pilot stage. We investigated the necessary conditions for a successful adoption of such services into the mainstreaming in care pathways. Methods: We conducted a qualitative analysis of 27 Telehealth, Telecare and Integrated Personal Health System projects, implemented across 20 regions in eight European countries. The analysis is based on Suter's ten key principles for successful health systems integration. Results: Out of the 27 cases, only 11 succeeded beyond the pilot stage. We focussed on the 11 success cases to define which key facilitators are necessary for successful deployment and adoption in the European regions of our study. Conclusion: From the studied cases, we may extract a promising trend of increasing awareness and introduction of Integrated Personal Health and Care Services in European regions, as we found evidence of cases that succeeded beyond the pilot stage. Further research will reveal the weight of each facilitator and the combination amongst them which can lead to rapid adoption.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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