A systematic review of reviews to identify key research opportunities within the field of eHealth implementation

Ahmed, Bakhtiyar, Dannhauser, Thomas and Philip, Nada (2018) A systematic review of reviews to identify key research opportunities within the field of eHealth implementation. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, ISSN (print) 1357-633X (Epub Ahead of Print)

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Introduction: This paper is a systematic review of the relevant literature surrounding the implementation and utilisation of eHealth to identify key challenges and opportunities to future eHealth applications. Methods: NHS Evidence, PubMed, IEEE Explorer, Cochrane Library and JMIR Publications were all searched for reviews published between 1 January 2010 and 30 June 2017. Results: A total of 47 papers met the final inclusion criterion. The published literature focused on a wide array of challenges categorised into five areas, facing the implementation and utilisation of eHealth; from this, four areas of opportunity to advance eHealth were identified. Discussion: The five challenge areas are (C1) stakeholders and system users, (C2) technology and interoperability, (C3) cost-effectiveness and start-up costs, (C4) legal clarity and legal framework and (C5) local context and regional differences. The four opportunity areas are (O1) participation and contribution, (O2) foundation and sustainability, (O3) improvement and productivity and (O4) identification and application. Conclusion: The literature analysed in this systematic review identifies design and implementation priorities that can guide the development and utilisation of future eHealth initiatives.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Computer science and informatics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing > School of Computer Science and Mathematics
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Depositing User: Bakhtiyar Ahmed
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2018 08:59
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 15:16
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X18768601
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/41880

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