|Title:||Development of Publicly Funded eHealth in Poland: Barriers and Opportunities|
Vol. 9, No 3, 2016
Published date: 09-2016 (print) / 09-2016 (online)
Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
|Keywords:||barriers, eHealth, opportunities, Poland, telemedicine|
|JEL classification:||I11, I18, I19, L86|
eHealth is a fast growing area of health care. Its development is strongly supported by the European Commission (EC). In Poland, eHealth is connected mainly to medical information systems. Little attention is given to its clinical aspects. The paper aims at describing barriers and opportunities of public eHealth development in Poland. It is based on desk search studies and interviews conducted in Poland in the spring of 2015. An attempt to estimate size of the eHealth market was made. In the study 227 eHealth (and related) tenders announced in 2009-2015 (first half of the year) were identified and analysed. The results show that eHealth is still underdeveloped in Poland, and that it is not effectively supported by central government and the National Health Fund, the public purchaser of health services, which still does not recognize eHealth as a medical procedure. Identified eHealth initiatives can be described as pilot projects.