Building National eHealth Platforms: The Challenge of Inclusiveness

Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou, Miria Grisot, Tina Blegind Jensen, Nina Sellberg, Johan Eltes, Anne Asmyr Thorseng, Margunn Aanestad

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In this paper, we examine the introduction of public e-health platforms at the national level in three Scandinavian countries. Specifically, we investigate these initaitives with a focus on understanding how inclusiveness was pursued in relation to the political orientation of platform development, the coordination of work among multiple contributors, and, the handling of technical heterogeneity within the pre-existing and continuous evolving eHealth landscape. Inclusiveness is related both to the character of public platforms as “common goods”, and, to growth ambitions for public eHealth. The aim for inclusiveness sets the platforms studied apart from the market oriented ones that are mostly discussed in the literature. Our paper highlights the implications of sector differences to platform formation and contributes insights that are specific about public eHealth platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICIS 2017 Proceedings
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation - Coex Convention Center , Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 10 Dec 201713 Dec 2017
Conference number: 38


Conference38th International Conference on Information Systems: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation, ICIS 2017
LocationCoex Convention Center
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems


  • Digital health
  • Platform
  • Public services
  • Common goods
  • Cross-country comparison

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