As the relevance of eHealth in the provision of healthcare is rapidly increasing, decision makers require information to help them decide which innovations are worthwhile. Economic evaluation of healthcare technologies may provide suitable methods to assess cost and outcomes of eHealth in a comparative fashion, however, the idiosyncrasies of eHealth may pose methodological challenges that need to be addressed adequately.
This study aims at reviewing current methods for the economic evaluation of eHealth and identify methodological challenges, together with potential solutions. In addition, we will review a number of use cases, where eHealth applications have been implemented in patient care elsewhere in Europe, with a particular view on related decision-making processes.
Systematic literature review
Analysis of use cases