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By initiating a Peer Review, you can benefit from:

  • Experienced advice from individuals and organisations with a proven track record in deploying eHealth solutions
  • Best practice from other European health institutions
  • Learning lessons from others in the field
  • The identification of hidden opportunities
  • The avoidance of known pitfalls

In Finland, the policy makers needed to have a trusted review of our eHealth achievements and and our chosen strategic approach. As a result, we decided to take advantage of the EHTEL Peer Review service. The exercise proved to be a real success and very valuable to us.
The international reviewers came from all over Europe. In their home countries, they all are well-known and active in the fields of eHealth policy, health care administration, standardisation organisations, and hospital management. The Review was carefully structured. The assessors spent two full days with us. We presented our work as well as our plans to them - by focusing on Finland's national information system services, our chosen strategies, and our implementation. The reviewers questioned and analysed our activities in a detailed but friendly way. Their final report was very detailed and clear. It offered us positive recommendations regarding possible changes, additions and improvements to our planned work.

The review gave us the opportunity to reflect on our work to date. It meant we could be positive about our investments. We could also move forward with confidence as a country with our eHealth work. As a next step form the lessons learned during the review, the Ministry initiated a national process to upgrade our eHealth strategy. The new strategy was published in January 2015.”
Päivi Hämäläinien,
National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland