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Implementation of eHealth in the breast cancer care pathway: A roadmap to guarantee a successful implementation of eHealth at ZGT

Kerkhof, L.G. (2020) Implementation of eHealth in the breast cancer care pathway: A roadmap to guarantee a successful implementation of eHealth at ZGT.

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Abstract:In order to meet the growing demand for healthcare, while at the same time keeping healthcare accessible, affordable and of high quality, the hospital ZGT is interested in the implementation of supportive consumer eHealth in the breast cancer care pathway. A mixed method study was performed by conducting interviews and questionnaires among seven organizational stakeholders, seven healthcare professionals and 30 breast cancer patients to assess implementation readiness and to define steps that need to be taken to guarantee a successful implementation. It appeared that effort is required for a successful implementation of eHealth in the breast cancer care pathway. When focussing on the implementation readiness, the organizational readiness and HCP readiness require most attention, followed by the patient readiness. Steps recommended to ZGT to increase the chance of a successful implementation are (1) prioritize the different eHealth applications, (2) inform patients and HCPs about eHealth possibilities, (3) identify champions and sceptics, (4) design educational materials, (5) construct a business case, (6) investigate a suitable way of financing and (7) adjust existing breast cancer care pathway according to the new processes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:01 general works, 44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80851
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