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Study: Cost-effectiveness of standards-driven eHealth interoperability - Open for your comments !

20 March 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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What is the perception on the use of standards-driven tools in health? Is it economically advantageous to use these tools for fostering eHealth development in Europe? Answers can be found in an EU eStandards study report. It is open for your comments, to be discussed at the eStandards workshop on 5 April in Venice.

The European eStandards project is working on a Roadmap for developing standards in a collaborative way, building on evidence, best practices and foresight. To support this roadmap, the project experts published a study report called 'Cost effectiveness of the use of standards-driven toolsets for designing, developing and deploying interoperable solutions or products'.

The study mainly notes a general agreement among the respondents that standard-driven tools advance the quality of eHealth products and services by continuously improving the specifications (centers of competence and industry) and increasing the efficiency of production (industry and standards organizations). Other qualifications selected were developing partnerships (centers of competence), recognition (industry) and economies of scale or facilitating training on standards.

In term of costs, the impression of the stakeholders is that using such tools reduces time to reach the market (gain of several months of effort for developing new projects or products, time saving of 25% for specific project, reduction of bugs). However it was also highlighted that all these benefits are only possible, if the standards are not ambiguous and of good quality. Tools help to increase and to maintain the expected quality.

Full study

You can provide your feedback before 31 March 2017.

The study will be presented and discussed during the eStandards and IPS workshop organised at the IHE-Europe Connectathon in Venice on 5 April 2017. More information and registration.