E-Health in Australia and Germany

E-Health in Australia and Germany

Manuel Zwicker (RMIT University, Australia), Juergen Seitz (DHBW Heidenheim, Germany) and Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Epworth HealthCare, Australia & RMIT University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3926-1.ch025


This chapter focuses on two specific e-health solutions, the PCEHR in Australia and the German EHC. National e-health solutions are being developed by most if not all OECD countries, but few studies compare and contrast these solutions to uncover the true benefits and critical success criteria. The chapter provides an assessment of these two solutions, the possibility for any lessons learnt with regard to designing and implementing successful and appropriate e-health solutions, as well as understanding the major barriers and facilitators that must be addressed. Finally, ANT is used to provide a rich lens to investigate the key issues in these respective e-health solutions.
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In order to investigate the proposed research question it is necessary first to examine key issues of NCHO (network centric healthcare operations). In addition, it is important to discuss the different healthcare systems and to define e-health. Finally, ANT is briefly presented.

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