The Core Governmental Perspectives of E-Health

The Core Governmental Perspectives of E-Health

Antti Syväjärvi (University of Lapland, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-050-9.ch013
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Abstract

Public healthcare is facing huge future challenges in order to deal with rising costs, growing demands of customers, information flow, demographic changes, and aging population. The healthcare service sector can be seen as an information intensive area during an era of innovation and information technology (cf. Bellamy & Taylor, 1998). According to McLaughlin, Rosen, Skinner, and Webster (1999), it is common to assume that technological interventions are almost inevitable and it is humans’ duty, at least to some extent, to follow the suggested development. In the organizational level of public healthcare, high expectations about the technology and its new possibilities are introduced. Additionally, the customers can seek support and advice for their healthcare needs from thousands online connections at any time of a day (e.g., Silber, 2003). The European Commission (2004) states how “eHealth offers European citizens important opportunities for improved access to better health systems” (p. 22). This trend has implications to human beings and governments.

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