Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Adopting eHealth Solutions: Implementation Strategies

Type of Guideline: 
Healthy Work Environments
Status: 
Published
Publish Date: 
2017
About this Guideline:

The purpose of this guideline is to provide evidence-based individual, organization, education, and system/policy recommendations to: 1) enhance the capacity of all individuals involved in the implementation of an eHealth solution within a health care organization; 2) establish suitable infrastructures to support eHealth education needs; and, 3) facilitate technology-enabled health system transformation.

Specifically, the objectives of this guideline are to enhance the capacity of:

  • Individual health care executives and clinical/non-clinical leaders; nurses and other health professionals in practice, education, administration and informatics; and health care organizations in general to optimize their involvement in the procurement, design, implementation, adoption, and optimization of an eHealth solution.
  • Health care executives and clinical/non-clinical leaders, educators, and administrators at the organization and system levels to effectively identify and address the eHealth education needs of the health care workforce.
  • Government agencies, administrators, and policy-makers to identify and implement relevant evidence-based policies that support health system transformation and nationwide health information exchange by addressing known barriers to eHealth adoption at the national and jurisdictional levels.

The individual/organization recommendations provided in this guideline will have relevance for all individuals involved in the implementation of an eHealth solution within a health care organization, regardless of their role. Academic institutions may use the education recommendations to develop or enhance their eHealth curricula. Lastly, individuals who lead, facilitate, or support eHealth initiatives at the regional, jurisdictional, or national levels may find the system/policy recommendations useful for developing policies, procedures and protocols.