Health Technology Trust: Undeserved or Justified? A review of technological risks in eHealth

Hans Cornelis Ossebaard, R.E. Geertsma, Julia E.W.C. van Gemert-Pijnen

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    Abstract

    Challenges for global health care are considerable. Increasing healthcare expenditures, ageing, the rise of chronic diseases and the public health threat of infectious diseases give reason to worldwide concern. Many believe eHealth technologies to contribute to the solution of these issues and to the necessary innovation of healthcare systems. Is the widespread trust among public administrations, care professionals, researchers and the general public justified? The present paper aims to assess the risks of eHealth technologies for both patient safety and quality of care. A quick-scan of scientific literature was performed to collect publications on risks associated with the use of eHealth applications in cure and care. Only random clinical trials (RCTs) were included. Data-management issues were excluded. Of 340 identified publications, 17 met the inclusion criteria. Human, technological or organizational risks appear to be no subject of RCTs. But they come into view en marge implementations. As such, the selected studies suggest there is evidence for risks caused by the use of eHealth in healthcare which can negatively affect the quality of care and the safety of patients. A realistic reconsideration of the implementation of eHealth interventions is recommended. The ceHRes roadmap is an evidence-based guideline to systematically avoid or minimize these risks
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationeTELEMED 2012, the fourth conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine
    EditorsL. van Gemert-Pijnen, HC Ossebaard, A Smedberg, S. Wynchank, P. Giacomelli
    PublisherIARIA
    Pages134-142
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61208-179-3
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2012
    Event4th International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, eTELEMED 2012 - Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 30 Jan 20124 Feb 2012
    Conference number: 4

    Publication series

    Name
    PublisherIARIA, International Academy, Research, and Industry Association

    Conference

    Conference4th International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, eTELEMED 2012
    Abbreviated titleeTELEMED
    Country/TerritorySpain
    CityValencia
    Period30/01/124/02/12

    Keywords

    • METIS-287254
    • IR-80956

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