Clinical leaders' self-perceived eHealth competencies in the implementation of new eHealth services

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Research units

  • National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • South Savo Social and Health Care Authority


The training and competence of healthcare professionals are key factors in adopting new eHealth services. The scope of eHealth is broadening from information systems to eHealth services such as patient portals supporting self-management, which create a need for new competencies. In this study, we evaluated clinical leaders' eHealth competencies and training needs in two public healthcare organizations in Finland. The target organizations' goal was to increase the number of patients' eHealth services and clinical leaders were seen as critical in this change. Data were collected through an online survey of 98 clinical leaders working in two healthcare organizations. The results imply that managing change and planning implementation are challenging to clinical leaders. They need more information about eHealth services, their possibilities, and benefits in order to support their subordinates and patients. The clinical leaders seem to be in a critical role in supporting healthcare professionals and avoiding resistance to change.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2019
Subtitle of host publicationHealth and Wellbeing e-Networks for All - Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
EditorsBrigitte Seroussi, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Brigitte Seroussi
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorld Congress on Medical and Health Informatics - Lyon, France
Duration: 25 Aug 201930 Aug 2019
Conference number: 17

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceWorld Congress on Medical and Health Informatics
Abbreviated titleMEDINFO

    Research areas

  • Competence, EHealth, Implementation

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