Building consensus about eHealth in Slovene primary health care: Delphi study

BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2011 Apr 18;11:25. doi: 10.1186/1472-6947-11-25.

Abstract

Background: Slovenia's national eHealth strategy aims to develop an efficient, flexible and modern health care informatics framework that would be comparable to the most successful EU countries. To achieve this goal, the gap between availability and usage of information and communication technology by primary care physicians needs to be reduced.As recent efforts show, consensus on information and communication technology purpose and usage in primary care needs to be established before any national information and communication technology solutions are developed.The aim of this study was to identify the most appropriate measures in implementation of Slovene national eHealth strategy and to suggest an appropriate model for success by using the three round Delphi study.

Methods: An e-mail based, three-round Delphi study was undertaken to achieve consensus from a selected sample of nationally recognized experts from the fields of primary health care and medical informatics. The aim of this study was to identify the most appropriate measures and key obstacles in implementation of eHealth in Slovene primary health care by using the Delphi study.

Results: High levels of consensus on the majority of suggested measures were achieved among all study participants, as well as between the subgroups of experts from primary health care and medical informatics. All aims of the three-round Delphi study on eHealth implementation in Slovenian primary health care were achieved.

Conclusions: The three round decision Delphi process has proven to be effective for developing outcomes, ranking key priorities in primary care eHealth development, and achieving consensus among the most influential experts in that field. This consensus is an important contribution to future national eHealth strategies in the field of primary health care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Consensus*
  • Delphi Technique*
  • Electronic Mail
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Physicians, Primary Care
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Slovenia