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Nordic eHealth Benchmarking

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The report presents results of the Nordic eHealth Research Network, a subgroup of the eNordic Council of Ministers Health group. The network defined and collected data for altogether 49 common eHealth indicators from the Nordic Countries. Health information was quite comprehensively electronically available from other organisations in all the Nordic countries by end of 2014. Intensity of use of nationally stored data remained low except in Denmark. Sweden had best availability of the Patient portal functionalities. Patients used patient portal functionalities rarely except in Denmark. Doctors in Iceland had most positive experiences of their health information systems. Even with limitations, the current work presents a solid basis for working towards the goal of the eHealth network: generating comparable information to support development of Nordic welfare.

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Introduction

The Nordic eHealth Research Network (NeRN) was established in 2012 by the Nordic Council of Ministers eHealth group. The aim of NeRN is to develop, test and assess a common set of indicators for monitoring eHealth in the Nordic countries and Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland for use by national and international policy makers and scientific communities to support development of Nordic welfare. The results of the first Mandate period (2012–2013) were published in the Nordic Council of Ministers report (1). The report contained the indicator methodology, which was also discussed in scientific articles targeted to the medical IT community (2), and testing of four common Nordic Indicators

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