A tender has been filled up by the the European Commission for a study, for benchmarking e-health deployments internationally. This is in response to a call made for conducting a study for making a progress towards the development of a standardised survey on the adoption of ICT and e-health solutions in hospitals. Specifications in the tender indicate that the aim of the study is to measure the adoption and use of e-health solutions by medical professionals in hospitals for various tasks, including administrative and clinical processes, to understand the present level of digitisation and of its effectiveness.
The study will be based on a survey of medical staff in all EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Croatia and forms part of the European Commission’s i2010 strategy to create a European Information Society for growth and employment. The i2010 strategy proposes a strategic framework, lays out policy orientations to promote an open and competitive digital economy and emphasises ICT as a driver of inclusion and quality of life. The initiative includes achieving an Inclusive European Information Society, as part of which e-health is as a priority. This will be the third e-health benchmarking study commissioned by the European Commission. The focus of the first study was on the use of ICT by general practitioners in Europe, Iceland and Norway. The second study was concerned with collection and analysis of existing e-health monitoring and benchmarking sources in Europe and beyond, identified good practices in data gathering and developed an indicator framework for an EU-wide quantitative benchmarking.