Reviewing methods for the economic evaluation of eHealth

A systematic literature review and analysis of use cases to summarise methods for the economic evaluation of eHealth, identify methodological challenges, and discuss their atransferability to the Austrian context

HVB eHealth

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Christian Böhler

PROJECT PARTNERS

Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions (HVB)

BACKGROUND

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.

AIMS

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.

METHODS

Systematic literature review

Analysis of use cases

PROJECT DURATION

2017/11 – 2018/06

FUNDED BY

Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions (HVB)