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The Role of Network Governance Models in the Design of Local eHealth Policies

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  • Valentina Albano


    (Faculty of Economics “Federico Caffè”, University of Rome III)

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    This paper aims at contributing to the rich debate over the obstacles to the diffusion of eHealth technologies by investigating the role of the institutional setting on the success or failure of an IT diffusion policy. This work focuses on the policy network perspective and it is based on the expectation that the internal characteristics of the policy network influence the policy design. The main goal of this paper is to investigate how eHealth policy networks operate and to determine whether a more effective network governance configuration exists that could improve the design and deployment of successful eHealth projects. This work presents a case study of three eHealth policy networks (Region-governed network, eHealth Local Board-governed network, and a Local Health Agencies’ Consortium-governed network). The focus of this investigation is on how the three models of network governance operate and influence the design of strategies to face five main eHealth challenges identified by scholars and practitioners: financial challenges; IT challenges; change management challenges; institutional challenges and sharing best practices and evaluation tools.

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    Paper provided by University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini in its series Working Papers with number 1215.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: 2012
    Date of revision: 2012
    Handle: RePEc:urb:wpaper:12_15
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    1. R. A. W. Rhodes, 1990. "Policy Networks," Journal of Theoretical Politics, , vol. 2(3), pages 293-317, July.
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