PhD Thesis: The Importance of eHealth Innovations: Lessons about Patient Accessible Information

Sofie Wass successfully defended her PhD thesis last week at Jönköping University, and I was the opponent at the defense. The thesis is about eHealth Innovations and consist on work related to two eHealth innovations: medical records online for patients & the service “My referrals”. Two papers are on medical records online for patients in her thesis.

Sofie Wass included five publications in her thesis and she has used an unusual variety of methods in her papers. You find 1) one literature study on open innovation and eHealth, 2) one interview study with experts and decision makers in health care, 3) one study on using business models for eHealth including interviews, a workshop and observations, and finally also 4) one study using interviews and 5) a survey to health care professionals and one to patients.

The thesis is well worth reading for those who are in the eHealth and innovations area. The introduction text includes an overview of eHealth in Sweden with some of the major milestones described around the progress of eHealth. Here one can read that the official work with strategic work in eHealth started as late as 2002, and that the coordination of eHealth in Sweden has been coordinated by different organizations throughout the years.

There are also some interesting facts found in the thesis such as, here presented randomly:

  • 70% of all eHealth projects fail to achieve their goals 🙁
  • There are few studies on eHealth and Open innovation: Only 18 papers were found in her literature study.
  • Test results is the feature in medical records online that is highest ranked as an additional feature to rank in Jönköping county
  • Professionals working in outpatient clinics were less positive towards medical records online for patients than those in primary care.

 

 

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