Many countries around the world have put in place and implemented u-Health service systems as a way to curb health care costs and to shore up the policy effect of public and preventive health care. U-Health services are ongoing also in Korea in the form of trial projects aimed at contributing to the public good. However, still lacking a legal basis, fee reimbursement rules, technical standards, workforce, basic statistics, and business models, these services have yet to come to a point of creating a market of their own.
This study looks into the current status of u-Health services in Korea and elsewhere, and, further, analyzes demand and supply and their effect, with a view to providing a base for improvement.
This study suggests as follows. Doctors should be allowed, at least to a limited extent, to provide remote health care services to patients. U-Health services should be delivered in a more specialized way to meet different care needs. Policy on u-Health will have to be far-reaching as to be able to prepare for the more evolved stage of s-Health. In addition, the full-scale implementation of u-Health requires a national organization whose task it is to disseminate technical standards and manage u-Health portal sites. To better understand the cost-effectiveness of u-Health services, multi-faceted, sequential analyses will have to follow the design of detailed service models.
First, for u-Health services to take root, more policy attention should be paid to ensure that they are safe and effective. Second, the u-Health services should be delivered as a globalscheme. Third, the workforce with the required expertise needs to be fostered and increased. Fourth, the government should establish organizations of its own to work on the promotion of u-Health. Fifth, concerted efforts must take place to raise public awareness towards u-Health. Sixth, measures will have to be taken to implement personal health record sharing mechanisms under strengthened information security.
- u-Health 현황과 정책과제(u-Health)
- 송태민; 이상영; 이기호; 박대순; 진달래; 류시원; 장상현
u-Health 현황과 정책과제(u-Health)
Current status and tasks ahead
|Series Title; No||연구보고서 / 2011-01|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Social Development < Health|