The complexity of eHealth Implementation: A theoretical and practical perspective

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This chapter discusses the complexity of eHealth implementation from a theoretical and practical perspective. In the first part of this chapter, several theories and frameworks regarding implementation are introduced and critically discussed, e.g. the Diffusion of Innovation Theory, the RE-AIM framework and the Consolidated Framework for Implementation. After that, several examples from practice are discussed and connected to issues with implementation. These examples illustrate the relationship between implementation and four main topics: eHealth development, characteristics of the technology, financing and the healthcare context. The chapter finishes with a critical look at current implementation theories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationeHealth Research, Theory and Development
Subtitle of host publicationA Multi-Disciplinary Approach
EditorsLisette van Gemert-Pijnen, Saskia M. Kelders, Hanneke Kip, Robbert Sanderman
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781315385907
ISBN (Print)9781138230439, 9781138230422
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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