Advisory Board meeting of the "eHealth Benchmarking" study took place at the European Ministerial eHealth Conference 2008

The Advisory Board meeting took place on 6 May 2008 and was attended by around 10 invited experts from different institutions and backgrounds (e.g. OECD, WHO, national governments, IT industry, research and academics) and the European Commission. empirica presented the Inception Report of the study which will act as the roadmap of the one year project to deliver ist results towards the end of the first quarter in 2009. The Advisory Board members all highly appreciated the objectives of the study and the approach taken. They also agreed that the study objectives are very ambitious and offered their continuous support to the project. The study will conduct background research and review existing measurement tools and systems for ICT for Health, as well as available eHealth statistics, in order to establish a framework for data compilation and to make progress towards the future establishment of an effective eHealth benchmarking system in Europe, collect the data on an agreed set of eHealth related phenomena from existing sources including professional bodies and regional and national ministries. The study will compile data from existing sources rather than generate original data and – depending on the data availability – provide a measurement for each of the agreed indicators in each country, identify, analyse and report good practice in developing and applying eHealth measurements and benchmarking frameworks for informing policy-making (in all 29+2 countries), and develop and deliver 29(+2) Country Briefs summarising key results for each of the European countries and plus Canada and the USA and make all study results available through a dedicated Online Knowledge Base. Thus this study will significantly enhance the capacity of the i2010 initiative to achieve its goals in relation to monitoring and benchmarking eHealth, a key aspect of information society developments in the old and the New Member States.