Exploring a methodology for eHealth indicator development

Hannele Hyppönen, Elske Ammenwerth, Nicolet De Keizer

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Indicators provide a practical method to monitor and benchmark eHealth progress towards objectives set in local, national and international policies, and to offer evidence for eHealth management. There is no agreed methodology to develop and define these indicators. The purpose of this paper is to present a proposal for an indicator development methodology and indicator classification. This proposal combines expert-led top-down and community-based bottom-up approaches. It offers a holistic approach for developing indicators for measuring progress and impacts of eHealth development consisting of four phases: (1) defining the context for measurement, (2) defining the goal of measurement, (3) defining the methods for indicator selection and indicator categorization and (4) defining the data to be collected and analyzed to calculate the indicator. Our preliminary results will be used as a starting point for developing a more detailed description of methods for indicator development and for identifying and classifying eHealth indicators and on testing them in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuality of Life Through Quality of Information - Proceedings of MIE 2012
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781614991007
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event24th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2012 - Pisa, Italy
Duration: 26 Aug 201229 Aug 2012

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics


Conference24th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2012


  • EHealth
  • Evaluation
  • Method
  • Quality indicator

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