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Health at a Glance: Europe 2016

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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This fourth edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. This 2016 edition contains two main new features: two thematic chapters analyse the links between population health and labour market outcomes, and the important challenge of strengthening primary care systems in European countries; and a new chapter on the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of health systems in Europe, in order to align the content of this publication more closely with the 2014 European Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems. This publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.

 

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eHealth adoption in general practice and in hospitals

Demographic change, rising chronic disease and multi-morbidity, along with fiscal pressures, are challenging the medium- and long-term sustainability of European health systems. In order to meet these challenges, health services must become more effective and efficient. Health care is an information-intensive endeavour, and adoption of digital technology and eHealth (see definition in the box below) can enable such improvement. While health system digitalisation is complex, and can be costly, the potential longer-term benefits in promoting efficiency gains must also be considered. These include improved quality of care, better planning and resource allocation, and enhancing the evidence base for health service delivery and policy making.

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