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The Secrets of Ehealth Success - E-Health Europe

Posted Jan 07 2009 4:42pm

Following a few basic rules can dramatically improve the chances of success of e-health projects, just don’t expect to see cash-releasing benefits. This was message given to industry experts gathered in Copenhagen last week for the joint EHTEL/EUROEC symposium by Dr. Karl Stroetmann, head of empirica a German technology research firm.

Looking at lessons learnt from projects, such as in Scotland and Chicago, he said that the following factors are an essential part of successful eHealth projects:
  • A vision, combined with a flexible and pragmatic longer-term strategy and a willingness to learn from failure;
  • Previous experience with ICT use, such as working with legacy systems;
  • Small iterative steps" towards implementation and routine operation rather than "big bang approaches;
  • Securing clinicians’ buy-in" and engagement from the outset.
Dr. Stroetmann argued that clinical leadership was vital to success. “If you don’t have it, forget it, don’t even start.” He said that clinical leadership, from clinicians with a strong interest in and commitment to the use of ICT, was a hallmark of almost every successful e-health project he’s encountered. One powerful way to secure clinician buy-in was through research, advised Dr Stroetmann. “Clinical research on benefits can be very useful to convince clinicians and politicians.”

Click here to view a .pdf of Dr. Stroetmann's presentation

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