Publication of the article “International health IT benchmarking: learning from cross-country comparisons”

August 24, 2016

We are glad to announce that the article “International health IT benchmarking: learning from cross-country comparisons” co-authored by Francisco Lupiáñez and Cristiano Codagnone from Open Evidence has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and is ready for download. The objective of the study is to pilot benchmark measures of health information and communication technology (ICT) availability and use to facilitate cross-country learning. An Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Working Group compiled results for 38 countries for a subset of measures with broad coverage using new and/or adapted country-specific or multinational surveys and other sources from 2012 to 2015, complemented by a synthesis of country learnings to inform future benchmarking. 

Results suggest that while electronic records are widely used to store and manage patient information at the point of care—all but 2 pilot countries reported use by at least half of primary care physicians; many had rates above 75%—patient information exchange across organizations/settings is less common, while large variations in the availability and use of telehealth and personal health records also exist. Policy recommendations are provided.