The study shall help in achieving the overall objective of contributing to more efficient and effective healthcare through the adoption of ICT solutions in the service delivery process. In particular the study shall contribute to the Lead Market Initiative for eHealth, which aims at accelerating the development of the eHealth market, as well as to achieve the objectives set out by the Communication on Telemedicine and the eHealth action plan.
The specific objectives of the study are:
The study shall analyse 10 eHealth procurement initiatives carried out in the 27 EU Member States, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland. The selected procurement initiatives shall cover as much as possible national health systems, as well as different levels of decision making in the field of eHealth procurement and deployment (local, regional, and national). The selected initiatives shall have significant sizes in terms of number of patients covered and number of health professionals involved.
Considering the wide variety of eHealth applications and services, and the impossibility of in-depth analysis of all the eHealth application areas, the study shall focus on the following 2 areas:
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