Successful workshop on eHealth Benchmarking in Prague

Bonn/Prague, 18 February 2009. How widely spread is eHealth monitoring and benchmarking in the EU, Canada and the US? What activities, applications and health actors are covered by current monitoring activities? What needs to be done to come to a comprehensive, EU-wide eHealth benchmarking? These and other questions were discussed at a workshop on eHealth benchmarking held by empirica in Prague prior to the EU eHealth conference. The workshop was part of the eHealth Benchmarking study and attracted more than 40 experts from all over Europe.
During the workshop, the key outcomes of the one-year research conducted by the study were presented by empirica research consultant Ingo Meyer and received with great interest. Representatives from a number of eHealth Benchmarking good practice cases presented their approaches to monitoring eHealth and spoke about lessons learned. In a final discussion, chaired by empirica director Werner B. Korte, a number of stakeholders from various areas including policy makers, IT industry and user organisations had their say on what eHealth benchmarking should look like in the future. There was general agreement that the demand for high-quality, comparable data on eHealth availability, use and impacts will increase. An important step on the way to meet this demand was seen in the development of a common indicator framework, as is currently being done by the eHealth Benchmarking study, also in close co-operation with other stakeholders such as the OECD. At the same time it became clear that the question of financing will be one of the main issues to be resolved. Results of the eHealth Benchmarking study - including the final study report, 12 Good Practice Case and 31 Country Briefs - are expected to become publicly available soon. The workshop also received good online news coverage, articles can for example be found on eHealth Europe and HealthTech Wire.