Are organisations prepared for e-health implementation to respond to pandemic influenza?
by Junhua Li; Holly Seale; Pradeep Ray; Amina Tariq; C. Raina MacIntyre
International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (IJBET), Vol. 11, No. 3, 2013

Abstract: E-health can facilitate communication and interactions among stakeholders involved in pandemic responses. Its implementation, nevertheless, represents a disruptive change in the healthcare workplace. Organisational preparedness assessment is an essential requirement prior to e-health implementation; including this step in the planning process can increase the chances of programme success. The objective of this study is to develop an e-health preparedness assessment model for pandemic influenza (EHPM4P). Following the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), 20 contextual interviews were conducted with domain experts from May to September 2010. We examined the importance of all preparedness components within a five-dimensional hierarchical framework that was recently published. We also calculated the relative weight for each component at all levels of the hierarchy. This paper presents the hierarchical model (EHPM4P) that can be used to precisely assess healthcare organisational and providers' preparedness for e-health implementation and potentially maximise e-health benefits in the context of an influenza pandemic.

Online publication date: Sat, 27-Sep-2014

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