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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Life Sciences, volume 8, numbers 1 and 2, 2016 // View article lifsci_v8_n12_2016_10


Comparability, Availability and Use of Medication eHealth Services in the Nordic Countries

Authors:
Heidi Gilstad
Berit Brattheim
Arild Faxvaag
Christian Nøhr
Sidsel Vilumsen
Jarmo Reponen
Hege Andreassen
Maarit Kangas
Guðrún Audur Harðardóttir
Sabine Koch
Hannele Hypponen

Keywords: Medication eHealth services; medication data; ePrescription; medication list; indicators; monitoring;comparability, availability and use

Abstract:
A prescription and medication service that is optimised to protect against unnecessary harm is an essential component of a safer healthcare system. To this means, the Nordic countries have put considerable efforts in digitizing their prescription and dispensing processes and making medication related eHealth services available for clinicians, pharmacists and patients. As these e-services are being established and applied, there is a need to monitor and learn from their use. This paper reports from a sub-study of a larger activity on developing indicators for monitoring eHealth services in the Nordic countries. We describe different medication eHealth services and compare their availability to professionals and patients in the Nordic countries and the usage rates. We found that an ePrescription service is available for clinicians and patients in all Nordic countries, but services that enable renewal or viewing of prescriptions by patients are not commonly available yet. The usage rate of the e-services was not systematically registered in all the Nordic countries at the time of the study, so a comparison between the countries was impossible. A major challenge when comparing medication eHealth services is the fact that definitions of the service itself as well as the indicators used to monitor it vary between countries. The main output is a knowledge-based discussion from the Nordic context on indicators for monitoring eHealth services, evaluated by the potential outcome in terms of comparability and benchmarking.

Pages: 112 to 121

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2016. Used with permission.

Publication date: June 30, 2016

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2660

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