Meaningful use of eHealth in Acute Hospital in Europe – Benchmarking eHealth deployment

March 29, 2012

A few months ago I posted about a report titled A Composite Index for the Benchmarking of eHealth Deployment in European Acute Hospitals Distilling reality into a manageable form for evidence-based policy co-author with Cristiano Codagnone. On 23th March I was invited by the Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality to present the benchmarking exercise, including in the analysis data about Acute hospital in Catalonia gathered by TicSalut.

I wonder if this benchmarking exercise could be understood as a meaningful use of eHealth in Acute Hospital in Europe. The composite indicator is presented in a transparent manner so any practitioner or policy-maker can utilise the weights to benchmark its acute hospital within its country and with other European countries. This can naturally lead to the definition of a different approach to the construction of eHealth deployment and usage composite indicators and may at any rate produce standardised and comparable longitudinal and cross-sectional data.