Started 11th Apr, 2022

Wanted: Participants for a Delphi study on maturity of digital public health systems

Dear Colleagues,
With an increasing number of countries implementing digital health and digital public health tools, questions arise about whether these tools are effective and how to implement them best nationally. The lack of a validated and standard list of indicators complicates the comparison of digital health maturity between countries. We need guidance for governments in setting up strategies for the effective implementation and adoption of digital public health tools in routine care and the prevention of diseases.
To address this challenge, we want to invite researchers and practitioners from medicine, public health, economics, computer science, law, cultural studies, sociology, or other comparable disciplines. Participants should know about the development, implementation and evaluation of digital public health systems to take part in a Delphi study to choose the leading quality indicators to assess the maturity of national digital public health systems from four perspectives:
1. The information-telecommunication-technology requirements
2. The political support and legal regulation for the implementation and use of health technologies and the generated data
3. The application of concrete digital health tools to the national health system
4. The collective social willingness to use these tools
We are using a snowball approach to reach as many experts as possible. Please join our effort by participating in this Delphi study https://bit.ly/3raMsVY. Please forward this message to all your mailing lists of colleagues that might fit the purpose of this study. Every participation will be greatly appreciated and contribute to a better understanding of international digital public health systems.
This Delphi study will be conducted within the German Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health research project entitled "Developing a Maturity Measurement Model for Digital Public Health: The Digital Public Health Readiness Index".
Best regards and take care,
Laura Maaß
(on behalf of the digital public health readiness index team and the EUPHA Digital Health Section)
Link to Survey: https://bit.ly/3raMsVY

Most recent answer

Karsten Weber
Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg
Dear colleagues, thank you very much for your initiative. I will distribute your call in my network. It might be a good idea to use the Netzwerk Technikfolgenabschätzung to reach out to more experts. Best regards Karsten Weber
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Julius Riese
Independent Scientific Consultant & Lecturer
Dear Laura,
thank you for sharing your call here on RG. If I may take you verbatim, I would like to add the following thought: In my view, the "maturity" of a digital public health system ought to be measured - among other indicators, of course - by the standard of data safety, data protection and, crucially, by the degree of a critical reflection on behalf of ALL stakeholders involvef in public health (mind you: this includes patients...) on which aspects of the public health process they actually wish to be digitized and which not. There will - hopefully - always be parts of that process which practitioners as patients alike may opt to keep away from the grasping hand of digital systems. Nota bene: I am well aware that this treads/trespasses into normative territory, but I think it's crucial ethically.
Laura Maaß
Universität Bremen
Hi Julius,
thank you for sharing your thoughts! Data protection regulations are indeed a thing that need to be there in order to digitalise a system with as sensitive data as the healthcare system. I see these points included in the overall topic of legal regulation and political support. Concerning the „which aspects they want to be digitalised“, this would belong to the umbrella category of social willingness. Please participate in the study and share your thoughts for indicators with us! They‘re very valuable.
best and take care!
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Julius Riese
Independent Scientific Consultant & Lecturer
Thank you, Laura! I'll have a look to see if it makes sense for me to participate. I am not a health care practitioner, though. I guess I responded to your call mainly in the role of a (concerned) citizen and patient (being on the receiving end of our German health care system). I am mostly concerned with ethical issues. These include, in my view, that, for instance, certain aspects of the doctor-patient interaction should not be digitized - neither in the sense of being digitally stored, nor even documented at all. I know this is a sensitive issue and probably speaks against the trend of increasing documentation, admin etc. in the health care system. Moreover, I think that we should exercise utmost care in not to overdo replacing physical (vis-a-vis/in-person/face-to-face) interaction between doctor and patient by digital communication. I see very grave dangers there. Anyway, at the end of the day, I think our great tradition of medical practise evolved out of the ancient, humanistic Graeco-Roman tradition (Hippocrates etc.). I think we must never loose this "human touch" in medicine. This is my main concern with the risk of over-digitising the health care system.
Thank you & all the best!
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Karsten Weber
Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg
Dear colleagues, thank you very much for your initiative. I will distribute your call in my network. It might be a good idea to use the Netzwerk Technikfolgenabschätzung to reach out to more experts. Best regards Karsten Weber
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What are the methods to assign weights for factors and sub-factors of a maturity model?
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  • Dumindu SoorigeDumindu Soorige
Dear all,
I am in the process of developing an energy behaviour maturity model for organisations in my PhD. So far, I have conducted expert interviews and focus groups on developing factors and maturity level descriptions (for 5 maturity levels against the factors). The structure of the findings so far is given below.
As the final step, I am going to develop the tool further as an assessment tool. Therefore, I am seeking ways of assigning weights for each main factor and sub-factor (Reason: The main factors/subfactors identified seem to have different impact levels for the energy behaviour maturity. Therefore, if I can assign weights that can be reflected in the results of the maturity assessments conduct using this model in the future)
Note: There are no subfactors for some of the main factors. Altogether, under the 3 Areas, 15 main factors and 5 subfactors are available. If required, the 3 areas can also be assigned with weights.
The structure of the current findings is as follows:
Area 1
  • Main factor 1.1
  • subfactor 1.1.1 ------------ Level 1 to Level 5 maturity descriptions against factors
Area 2
  • Main factor 2.1
  • subfactor 2.1.1 ------------ Level 1 to Level 5 maturity descriptions against factors
Area 3
  • Main factor 3.1
  • subfactor 3.1.1 ------------ Level 1 to Level 5 maturity descriptions against factors
I would be grateful if you could provide your thoughts on this matter.

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