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Digital Transformation in Healthcare: Technology Acceptance and Its Applications

Healthcare Management Postgraduate Program, Open University Cyprus, P.O. Box 12794, Nicosia 2252, Cyprus
Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Street, GR54636 Thessaloniki, Greece
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(4), 3407;
Submission received: 29 October 2022 / Revised: 8 February 2023 / Accepted: 10 February 2023 / Published: 15 February 2023


Technological innovation has become an integral aspect of our daily life, such as wearable and information technology, virtual reality and the Internet of Things which have contributed to transforming healthcare business and operations. Patients will now have a broader range and more mindful healthcare choices and experience a new era of healthcare with a patient-centric culture. Digital transformation determines personal and institutional health care. This paper aims to analyse the changes taking place in the field of healthcare due to digital transformation. For this purpose, a systematic bibliographic review is performed, utilising Scopus, Science Direct and PubMed databases from 2008 to 2021. Our methodology is based on the approach by Wester and Watson, which classify the related articles based on a concept-centric method and an ad hoc classification system which identify the categories used to describe areas of literature. The search was made during August 2022 and identified 5847 papers, of which 321 fulfilled the inclusion criteria for further process. Finally, by removing and adding additional studies, we ended with 287 articles grouped into five themes: information technology in health, the educational impact of e-health, the acceptance of e-health, telemedicine and security issues.

1. Introduction

Digital transformation refers to the digital technology changes used to benefit society and the healthcare industry. Healthcare systems need to use digital technology for innovative solutions to improve healthcare delivery and to achieve improvement in medical problems. The digital transformation of healthcare includes changes related to the internet, digital technologies, and their relation to new therapies and best practices for better health management procedures. The quality control of massive data collected can help improve patients’ well-being and reduce the cost of services. Digital technologies will also impact medical education, and experts will deceive new ways to train people. Now in this way, practitioners will face new opportunities.
Digital transformation is an ongoing process that can create opportunities in the health sector, provided the necessary infrastructure and training are available. Under Regulation (EU) 2021/694 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2021, establishing the Digital Europe Program and repealing Decision (EU) 2015/2240, digital transformation is defined as the use of digital technologies for the transformation of businesses and services. Some technologies that contribute to digital transformation are the digital platform of the Internet of Things, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. At the same time, the sectors of society that are almost affected are telecommunications, financial services and healthcare.
Digital health can play a role in innovation in health, as it facilitates the participation of patients in the process of providing health care [1]. The patient can overcome his poor state of health when they are no longer in a state of well-being. In this case, the patient is given the to participate in the decision-making regarding their health care. Searching for information through the patient’s internet or using digital health applications (e.g., via mobile phone) is essential for the patient to make the right decision about their health.
In the coming years, health change is expected to focus primarily on the patient, who will take on the “health service consumer” role as the patient seeks control over their health management. The healthcare industry will be shaped based on the needs and expectations of this new “consumer of health services”, which will require upgraded experiences with the main characteristics of personalisation, comfort, speed and immediacy in the provision of services. Gjellebaek C. et al. argue that new digital technologies will shift healthcare towards digitalisation, bringing significant benefits to patients and healthcare infrastructure [2]. Some of the benefits listed by Gjellebaek C. are the increase in employee productivity, the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the operation of the health units, and the reduction of their operating costs.
On the other hand, in terms of health infrastructure, a typical example is the United States, where 75% of hospitals use electronic health record systems, according to Rebekah E. et al. [3]. However, clinicians often report side effects using digital technologies, which can be attributed to their misuse [3]. In addition, some health professionals oppose using these systems and develop solutions that jeopardise patient care. In some countries, such as the United States, the government provides incentives for the “effective use” of e-health technologies, but their results remain uncertain [3].
Rebekah E. et al. focus more specifically on U.S. hospitals, observing that the remaining countries are relatively in the early stages of transformation [4]. The United Kingdom, for example, has recently pursued troubled e-health initiatives, and Australian hospitals have only recently participated in investments in the digitalisation of their hospital services [4]. At the European Union level, digital health is a critical key strategic priority, in line with the European Strategic Plan 2019–2024 (European Commission).
Today, digital transformation in health is spreading and consolidating rapidly [5]. The purpose of this paper is to provide an assessment of the current literature on digital health transformation, as well as to identify potential vulnerabilities that make its implementation impossible. The ultimate goal is to see how digital technologies facilitate patients’ participation in health and their health.
Due to the rapid development of e-health and digitalisation, data from previous studies are becoming potentially irrelevant. Most studies evaluating digitalisation have relied heavily on quantitative research-based methods. Although quantitative evaluations are required, some of their effects could be omitted.
According to Gopal G. et al., healthcare has the lowest level of digital innovation compared to other industries, such as media, finance, insurance and retail, contributing to limited labour productivity growth [6]. With this article, we seek to reverse this picture and contribute to the emergence of digitalisation as a factor of health innovation while optimising patient outcomes and the cost of services provided. However, to achieve this innovation, systemic changes are needed in healthcare finances, the education of healthcare staff and healthcare infrastructure.
The following section analyses the methodology and its steps, which then contributed to the emergence of our results.

2. Material and Methods

2.1. Search Strategy and Bibliography Reviews

Our research approach is based on the methodology of Webster and Watson, who developed a concept-centric method and an ad hoc classification system in which categories are used to describe areas of literature [7]. Initially, the existing bibliographic reviews were searched to select the databases based on keywords. A retrospective search was then performed to examine the reports of the selected works. Finally, the references of selected works were investigated to increase the search sample through the future search. After selecting the articles, they were grouped according to their content.
Systematic reviews were conducted to place this paper on existing knowledge of digital health, as well as to review prior knowledge in this area and to discuss recognised research questions based on the results of previous studies. A comprehensive review of the published literature was reported by Marques, I. C., & Ferreira, J. J. [8]. The authors explored the potential of existing digital solutions to improve healthcare quality and analysed the emerging trend in digital medicine to evaluate the research question of how stakeholders apply and manage digital technologies for business purposes [9]. The main question is: How and what could be done sustainably and inclusively through innovation to achieve sustainable development goals by taking advantage of Information and Communication Technologies? Recently, researchers have expressed concern about secure communication and user authentication within providing information to patients. In contrast with data storage, information exchange, and system integration, new approaches and uses of patient care processes are envisaged with the prospect of monitoring not only diagnostic statistics but also in-depth analysis of signs and symptoms before and after treatment, essential sources for new research. Table 1 presents the previous bibliographic reviews on which our study was based.

2.2. Network Analysis

Network analysis is considered a branch of graph theory. Our network analysis is based on the similarity of keywords found in identifying the eligible papers. We used visualisation of similarities (VOS) software, version 1.6.18, to construct graphical networks to understand the clustering of the keywords and their degree of dissimilarity. Our network analysis is based on the similarity of keywords found in identifying the eligible papers.

Initial Search

The search was performed on the following databases: Scopus, Science Direct, and PubMed, using the keywords “digital transformation”, “digitalisation”, “Ehealth or e-health”, “mhealth or m-health”, “healthcare” and “health economics”. We selected publications from the search of international journals and conference proceedings. We collected papers from 2008 until 2021. The documents sought belonged to strategy, management, computer science, medicine, and health professions. Finally, the published works were in English only. The total number of articles collected using the keywords as shown in Table 2 was 5847.
We systematically checked the total number of papers 5847 by reading their titles, abstracts, and, whenever necessary, the article’s first page to conclude if each document was relevant as a first step as shown in the Figure 1.
Then, we looked at the titles of the 378 articles, and after reading their summary, we accepted 321 articles. Further studies were rejected because their full text was not accessible. As a result, there were 255 articles in our last search. Of the selected 255 articles, 32 more were added based on backward and forward research. The investigation was completed by collecting common standards from all databases using different keyword combinations. According to the systematic literature review, we follow the standards of Webster and Watson (2002) to reject an article. Since then, we have collected the critical mass of the relevant publications, as shown in Figure 2.

3. Results

3.1. Chronological Development of the Publications

The categorisation of the articles was based on their content and the concepts discussed within them. As a result, we classify articles into the following categories: information technology in health, the educational impact on e-health, the acceptance of e-health, telemedicine, and e-health security.
Although researchers in Information and Communication Technology and digitalisation conducted studies almost two decades ago, most publications have been published in the last eight years. This exciting finding highlights the importance of this field and its continuous development. Figure 3 shows a clear upward trend in recent years. More specifically, the research field of Information and Communication Technology, in combination with digital transformation, appeared in 2008. However, the most significant number of articles was found in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The number of articles decreased to the lowest in 2009–2011 and 2013–2014. Due to the expansion of the field to new technologies, the researchers studied whether the existing technological solutions are sufficient for implementing digital transformation and what problems they may face.
Figure 3 shows a combination of the articles per year and the number of citations per publication per year.

3.2. Document Type

Of the document types, 59.51 per cent of the articles were categorised as “survey”, while a smaller percentage were in: “case study” (32.53%), “literature review” (5.88%) and “report” (2.08%). However, these documents focused on specific concepts: “information technology in health” (45%), “education impact of e-health” (11%), “acceptance of e-health” (19%), “telemedicine” (7%), “security of e-health” (18%).
As we can see from the following Figure 4, we used network analysis, where the keywords related to digitalisation and digital transformation were identified in the research study. Network analysis, using keywords, came with VOSviewer software to find more breadth and information on healthcare digitalisation and transformation exploration. It was created by analysing the coexistence of keywords author and index. This analysis’s importance lies in the structure of the specific research field is highlighted. In addition, it helped map the intellectual structure of scientific literature. Keywords were obtained from the title and summary of a document. However, there was a limit to the number of individual words. The figure represents a grid focused on reproducing keywords in the literature on the general dimensions of digitalisation. The digitalisation network analysis showed that e-health, telemedicine, telehealth, mobile health, electronic health/medical record, and information systems were the main relevant backgrounds in the literature we perceived. In the healthcare literature, keywords such as “empowerment” and “multicenter study” usually do not lead to a bibliographic search on digitalisation. Figure 4 shows how e-health and telemedicine have gone beyond the essential and most crucial research framework on how they can affect hospitals and the health sector. The potentially small gaps in network analysis can be filled by utilising data in our research study, contributing to future research.
Figure 5 shows the network analysis with the keywords concerning time publication. The yellow colour indicates keywords for most recent years.
Figure 6 presents the density visualisation of keywords.
Figure 7 shows the number of articles per each method (survey, literature review etc.) for each year.
It is evident from Figure 7 that the most used method paper is the survey type and that in the year 2021, we have a high number of surveys compared to previous years.

3.3. Summary of the Included Articles

In Figure 2, we have explained how we collected the critical mass of the 255 relevant publications. We added another 32 articles based on further research with the backward and research methods, which resulted in a total number of 287 articles.
Then, the articles were categorised according to their content. The concepts discussed in the papers are related to information technology in health, the educational impact of e-health, the acceptance of e-health, telemedicine, and e-health security. For this purpose, the following table was created, called the concept matrix table.

4. Concept Matrix

In this section, we provide the Concept matrix table. Academic resources are classified according to if each article belongs or not to any of the five concepts shown in Table 3.

5. Analysis of Concepts

From the articles included in the present study between 2008 and 2021, they were grouped into five categories identified: (i) information technology in health, (ii) acceptance of e-health, (iii) telemedicine, (iv) security of e-health, and (v) education impact of e-health.

5.1. Information Technology in Health

Researchers have studied several factors to maximise the effectiveness and success of adopting new technology to benefit patients. Hospitals can benefit from information technology when designing or modifying new service procedures. Health units can use information and communication technology applications to analyse and identify patients’ needs and preferences, enhancing their service innovation processes. Previous findings conclude that technological capability positively influences patient service and innovation in the service process [301]. These results have significant management implications as managers seek to increase technology resources’ efficiency to achieve patient-centred care as the cornerstone of medical practice [207].
Informatics facilitates the exchange of knowledge necessary for creating ideas and the development process. The internet supports health organisations in developing and distributing their services more efficiently [206]. Also, Information Technology improves the quality of services, reduces costs, and helps increase patient satisfaction. As new technologies have created opportunities for companies developing high-tech services, healthcare units can increase customer value, personalise services and adapt to their patient’s needs [209]. To this end, the “smart hospitals” should represent the latest investment frontiers impacting healthcare. Their technological characteristics are so advanced that the public authorities need know-how for their conception, construction, and operation [228].
A new example is reshaping global healthcare services in their infancy, emphasising the transition from sporadic acute healthcare to continuous and comprehensive healthcare. This approach is further refined by “anytime and everywhere access to safe eHealth services.” Recent developments in eHealth, digital transformation and remote data interchange, mobile communication, and medical technology are driving this new paradigm. Follow-up and timely intervention, comprehensive care, self-care, and social support are four added features in providing health care anywhere and anytime [289]. However, the healthcare sector’s already precarious security and privacy conditions are expected to be exacerbated in this new example due to the much greater monitoring, collection, storage, exchange, and retrieval of patient information and the cooperation required between different users, institutions, and systems.
The use of mobile telephony technologies to support health goals contributes to the transformation of healthcare benefits worldwide. The same goes for small and medium-sized healthcare companies, such as pharmacies. A potent combination of factors between companies and customers is the reason for creating new relationships. In particular, mobile technology applications represent new opportunities for integrating mobile health into existing services, facilitating the continued growth of quality service management. Service-based, service-focused strategies have changed distribution patterns and the relationship between resellers and consumers in the healthcare industry, resulting in mobile health and significant pharmacy opportunities. It has been an important research topic in the last decade because it has influenced and changed traditional communication between professionals and patients [211]. An example of a mobile healthcare platform is “Thymun”, designed and developed by Salamah et al. aiming to create intelligent health communities to improve the health and well-being of autoimmune people in Indonesia [225].

5.2. Acceptance of E-Health

In a long-term project and a population study (1999–2002), Hsu et al. evaluated e-health usage patterns [302]. The authors conclude that access to and use of e-health services are rapidly increasing. These services are more significant in people with more medical needs. Fang (2015) shows that scientific techniques can be an essential tool for revealing patterns in medical research that could not be apparent with traditional methods of reviewing the medical literature [303]. Teleradiology and telediagnosis, electronic health records, and Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) are examples of digital medical technology. France is an example of a country that invests and leads in electronic health records, based on what is written by Manard S. et al. [243]. However, the impact of technological innovation is reflected in the availability of equipment and new technical services in different or specialised healthcare sectors.
On the other hand, Mariusz Duplaga (2013) argues that the expansion of e-health solutions is related to the growing demand for flexible, integrated and cost-effective models of chronic care [304]. The scope of applications that can support patients with chronic diseases is broad. In addition to accessing educational resources, patients with chronic diseases can use various electronic diaries and systems for long-term disease monitoring. Depending on the disease and the symptoms, the devices used to assess the patient’s condition vary. However, the need to report symptoms and measurements remains the same. According to Duplaga, the success of treatments depends on the patient’s involvement in monitoring and managing the disease. The emphasis on the role of the patient is parallel to the general tendency of people and patients to participate in decisions made about their health. Involving patients in monitoring their symptoms leads to improved awareness and ability to manage diseases. Duplaga argues that the widespread use of e-health systems depends on several factors, including the acceptance and ability to use information technology tools, combined with an understanding of disease and treatment.
Sumedha Chauhan & Mahadeo Jaiswal (2017) are on the same wavelength. They claim that e-health applications provide tools, processes and communication systems to support e-health practices [305]. These applications enable the transmission and management of information related to health care and thus contribute to improving patient’s health and physicians’ performance. The human element plays a critical role in the use of e-health, according to the authors. In addition, researchers have studied the acceptance of e-health applications among patients and the general public, as they use services such as home care and search for information online. The meta-analysis they use combines and analyzes quantitative findings of multiple empirical studies providing essential knowledge. However, the reason for their research was the study of Holden and Karsh (2010) [306].
To provide a comprehensive view of the literature acceptance of e-health applications, Holden and Karsh reviewed 16 studies based on healthcare technology acceptance models [306]. Findings show them that the use and acceptance of technological medical solutions bring improvements but can be adopted by those involved in the medical field.

5.3. Telemedicine

On the other hand, telemedicine is considered one of the most important innovations in health services, not only from a technological but also from a cultural and social point of view. It benefits the accessibility of healthcare services and organisational efficiency [215]. Its role is to meet the challenges posed by the socio-economic change in the 21st century (higher demands for health care, ageing population, increased mobility of citizens, need to manage large volumes of information, global competitiveness, and improved health care provision) in an environment with limited budgets and costs. Nevertheless, there are significant obstacles to its standardisation and complete consolidation and expansion [300].
At present, there are Telemedicine centres that mediate between the patient and the hospital or doctor. However, many factors make this communication impossible [300]. Such factors include equipment costs, connectivity problems, the patient’s trust or belief in the system or centre that applies telemedicine, and resistance to new and modern diagnostics, especially in rural and island areas. Therefore, telemedicine would make it easier to provide healthcare systems in remote areas than having a specialist in all the country’s remote regions [300]. Analysing the concept further, one can easily argue that the pros outweigh the disadvantages. Therefore, telemedicine must be adopted in a concerted effort to resolve all the obstacles we are currently facing. Telemedicine centres and services such as teleradiology, teledermatology, teleneurology, and telemonitoring will soon be included. This means that a few years from now, the patient will not have to go to a central hospital and can benefit remotely from the increased quality of health services. This will save valuable time, make good use of available resources, save patient costs, and adequately develop existing and new infrastructure.
In 2007, the World Health Organisation adopted the following broad description of telemedicine: “The delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health care providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities ” [307]
According to the Wayback Machine, Canadian Telehealth Forum, other terms similar to telemedicine are telehealth and e-health, which are used as broader concepts of remote medical therapy. It is appropriate to clarify that telemedicine refers to providing clinical services. In contrast, telehealth refers to clinical and non-clinical services, including education, management and research in medical science. On the other hand, the term eHealth, most commonly used in the Americas and Europe, consists of telehealth and other elements of medicine that use information technology, according to the American Telemedicine Association [308].
The American Telemedicine Association divides telemedicine into three categories: storage-promotion, remote monitoring, and interactive services. The first category includes medical data, such as medical photographs, cardiograms, etc., which are transferred through new technologies to the specialist doctor to assess the patient’s condition and suggest the appropriate medication. Remote monitoring allows remote observation of the patient. This method is used mainly for chronic diseases like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, etc. Its interactive services enable direct communication between the patient and the treating doctor [309].
Telemedicine is a valuable and efficient tool for people living or working in remote areas. Its usefulness lies in the health access it provides to patients. In addition, it can be used as an educational tool for learning students and medical staff [310].
Telemedicine is an open and constantly evolving science, as it incorporates new technological developments and responds to and adapts to the necessary health changes within societies.
According to J.J. Moffatt, the most common obstacles to the spread of telemedicine are found in the high cost of equipment, the required technical training of staff and the estimated time of a meeting with the doctor, which can often be longer than the use of a standard doctor [311]. On the other hand, the World Health Organisation states that telemedicine offers excellent potential for reducing the variability of diagnoses and improving clinical management and the provision of health care services worldwide. The World Health Organisation claims, according to Craig et al. and Heinzelmann PJ, that telemedicine improves access, quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness [312,313]. In particular, telemedicine can help traditionally under-served communities by overcoming barriers to the distance between healthcare providers and patients [314]. In addition, Jennett PA et al. highlight significant socio-economic benefits for patients, families, health professionals and the health system, including improved patient-provider communication and educational opportunities [315].
On the other hand, Wootton R. argues that telemedicine applications have achieved different levels of success. In both industrial and developing countries, telemedicine has yet to be used consistently in the healthcare system, and few pilot projects have been able to be maintained after the end of their initial funding [316].
However, many challenges are regularly mentioned and responsible for the need for more longevity in many efforts to adopt telemedicine. One such challenge is the complexity of human and cultural factors. Some patients and healthcare workers resist adopting healthcare models that differ from traditional approaches or home practices. In contrast, others need to have the appropriate educational background in Information and Communication Technologies to make effective use of telemedicine approaches [314]. The need for studies documenting telemedicine applications’ economic benefits and cost-effectiveness is also a challenge. Strong business acumen to persuade policymakers to embrace and invest in telemedicine has contributed to a need for more infrastructure and program funding [312]. Legal issues are also significant obstacles to the adoption of telemedicine. These include the need for an international legal framework that allows health professionals to provide services in different jurisdictions and countries. Furthermore, the lack of policies governing data confidentiality, authentication and the risk of medical liability for health professionals providing telemedicine services [314]. In any case, the technological challenges are related to legal issues. In addition, the systems used are complex, and there is a possibility of malfunction, which could cause software or hardware failure. The result is an increase in patient morbidity or mortality as well as the liability of healthcare providers [317].
According to Stanberry B., to overcome these challenges, telemedicine must be regulated by definitive and comprehensive guidelines, which are ideally and widely applied worldwide [318]. At the same time, legislation must be enacted governing health confidentiality, data access, and providers’ responsibility [314].

5.4. Security of eHealth

The possibility of the patients looking at the electronic patient folder in a cloud environment, through mobile devices anytime and anywhere, is significant. On the one hand, the advantages of cloud computing are essential, and on the other hand, a security mechanism is critical to ensure the confidentiality of this environment. Five methods are used to protect data in such environments: (1) users must encrypt the information before storing it; (2) users must transmit information through secure channels; (3) the user ID must be verified before accessing data; (4) the information is divided into small portions for handling and storage, retrieved when necessary; (5) digital signatures are added to verify that a suitable person has created the file to which a user has access. On the other hand, users of these environments will implement self-encryption to protect data and reduce over-reliance on providers [210].
At the same time, Maliha S. et al. [227] proposed the blockchain to preserve sensitive medical information. This technology ensures data integrity by maintaining a trace of control over each transaction. At the same time, zero trusts provide that medical data is encrypted and that only certified users and devices interact with the network. In this way, this model solves many vulnerabilities related to data security [227]. Another alternative approach is the KONFIDO project, which aims at the safe cross-border exchange of health data. A European H2020 project aims to address security issues through a holistic example at the system level. The project combines various cutting-edge technologies in its toolbox (such as blockchain, photonic Physical Unclonable Functions, homomorphic encryption, and trusted execution) [234]. Finally, Coppolino L. et al. [271] proposed using a SIEM framework for an e-healthcare portal developed under the Italian National eHealth Net Program. This framework allows real-time monitoring of access to the portal to identify potential threats and anomalies that could cause significant security issues [271].

5.5. Education Impact of E-Health

But all this would only be feasible with the necessary education of both users and patients [11]. As the volume and quality of evidence in medical education continue to expand, the need for evidence synthesis will increase [295]. On the other hand, Brockers C. et al. argued that digitalisation changes jobs and significantly impacts medical work. The quality of medical data provided for support depends on telemedicine’s medical specialisation and knowledge. Adjustments to primary and further education are inevitable because physicians are well trained to support their patients satisfactorily and confidently in the increasingly complex digitalisation of healthcare. The ultimate goal of the educational community is the closest approach of students to the issues of telemedicine and e-health, the creation of a spirit of trust, and the acceptance and transmission of essential knowledge [268].
Noor also moved in this direction, seeking to discover the gaps in Saudi education for digital transformation in health [248]. The growing complexity of healthcare systems worldwide and the growing reliance of the medical profession on information technology for precise practices and treatments require specific standardised training in Information Technology (IT) health planning. Accreditation of core Information Technology (IT) is advancing internationally. Noor A. examined the state of Information Technology health programmes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to determine (1) how well international standards are met and (2) what further development is required in the light of recent initiatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on e-health [248]. Of the 109 institutions that participated in his research, only a few offered programmes specifically in Health Information Technology. As part of Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi digital transformation was deemed an urgent need. This initiative calls for applying internationally accepted Information Technology skills in education programmes and healthcare practices, which can only happen through greater collaboration between medical and technology educators and strategic partnerships with companies, medical centres and government agencies.
Another study by Diviani N. et al. adds to the knowledge of e-health education, demonstrating how online health information affects a person’s overall behaviour and enhances patients’ ability to understand, live and prepare for various health challenges. The increasing digitalisation of communication and healthcare requires further research into the digital divide and patients’ relationships with health professionals. Healthcare professionals must recognise the online information they seek and engage with patients to evaluate online health information and support joint healthcare-making [235].

6. Discussion

The selected studies comprise a conceptual model based on bibliographic research. Using an open-ended technique, we analyse the selected 287 articles, which are grouped into categories based on their context. This methodology provides readers with a good indication of issues concerning the timeliness of health digitalisation. A limitation of the methodology is that selected criteria of the method might be subjective in terms of the search terms and how the papers are selected. The articles indicate that this field is initial, and further research is needed. Although several articles have created a theoretical basis for corporate sustainability and strategic digital management, only limited studies provided guidelines on the strategic digital transformation process and its health implementation stages. However, studies have also developed sustainable models, software or applications in this area. This is also the reason for creating opportunities for future researchers, who will be closed to investigate this gap and improve the viability of digital health strategies. In addition, any work carried out in case studies provides fruitful results by facilitating researchers through deep penetration into sustainable digitalisation. No generalised frameworks are available to guide the wording and implementation of digital action plans. Thus, the need for quantitative or qualitative research is created, providing conclusions on the impact of internal or external factors in the sustainability process, implementation, adoption, planning, and challenges of digital health solutions in general, as well as the impact of digital transformation. Most existing studies explore the issue of digitalisation in a particular part of a nursing institution or a disease rather than the management strategy perspective. In this way, researchers ignore a debate on obstacles and problems that often face in practice during integration. Such an analysis could lead to more profound knowledge.

7. Conclusions

In conclusion, our research observed a timeless analysis of systematised studies focusing on digital health developments. These studies broaden the researchers’ vision and provide vital information for further investigation. This article focuses on understanding digitalisation in healthcare, including, for the most part, the digitalisation of information and adopting appropriate parameters for further development. To build a more holistic view of digital health transformation, there is a great need for research on the management implications of digitalisation by different stakeholders. Finally, the development of telemedicine, the further enhancement of digital security and the strengthening of technological information systems will contribute to the universal acceptance of the digital health transformation by all involved.

Author Contributions

Conceptualisation, A.I.S., F.K. and M.A.T.; methodology, F.K. and M.A.T.; software, A.I.S.; validation, A.I.S.; data curation, A.I.S.; writing—original draft preparation, A.I.S. and M.A.T.; writing—review and editing, A.I.S. and M.A.T.; visualisation, A.I.S.; supervision, M.A.T.; project administration, M.A.T. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This research received no external funding.

Institutional Review Board Statement

Not applicable.

Informed Consent Statement

Not applicable.

Data Availability Statement

Not applicable.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Figure 1. The diagram for the first phase of the selection process.
Figure 1. The diagram for the first phase of the selection process.
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Figure 2. The diagram of the article selection process.
Figure 2. The diagram of the article selection process.
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Figure 3. Number of articles and citations per publication by year.
Figure 3. Number of articles and citations per publication by year.
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Figure 4. Bibliometric map of the digital transformation and healthcare.
Figure 4. Bibliometric map of the digital transformation and healthcare.
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Figure 5. Network visualisation of keywords per year.
Figure 5. Network visualisation of keywords per year.
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Figure 6. Heat map of keywords.
Figure 6. Heat map of keywords.
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Figure 7. The map of number of articles per method for each year.
Figure 7. The map of number of articles per method for each year.
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Table 1. Previous Bibliographic Reviews.
Table 1. Previous Bibliographic Reviews.
1.Kraus, S., et al., Digital transformation in healthcare: Analyzing the current state-of-research [9]Digital* AND healthcare2 Databases
(EBSCO)—130 articles
(ELSEVIER Science Direct and Springer Link)—340 articles
The article assesses how multiple stakeholders implement digital technologies for management and business purposes.
2.Marques, Isabel C.P. and Ferreira, Joao J.M. Digital transformation in the area of health: a systematic review of 45 years of evolution. Health and Technology. 2020, 10, pp. 575–586. [8]Digital AND Health AND Information System AND Management AND Hospital1 Database
(Scopus)—749 articles
Explore the potential of existing digital solutions to improve the quality and safety of healthcare and analyse the emerging trend of digital medicine.
3.Kolasa, K. and G. Kozinski, How to Value Digital Health Interventions? A Systematic Literature Review [10]Mhealth
Mobile health
Health app
3 Databases
(Pubmed, Scopus and Science Direct)—34 articles
It proposed five recommendations for the generation of evidence to be considered in developing digital health solutions and suggestions for adopting the methodological approach in DHIs’ pricing and reimbursement.
4.Mehdi Hosseinzadeh, Omed Hassan Ahmed, Ali Ehsani, Aram Mahmood Ahmed, Hawkar kamaran Hama. The impact of knowledge on e-health: a systematic literature review of the advanced systems [11]Knowledge health
Knowledge e-health
6 Databases
(Google Scholar, Public Libraries, Science Direct, Springer Link, Web of Science and IEEE Xplore)—132 articles
Knowledge is considered one of the important research directions for many purposes in e-health.
5.Shah Nazir, Yasir Ali, Naeem Ullah and Ivan Garcia—Magarino. Internet of Things for Healthcare Using Effects of Mobile Computing: A Systematic Literature Review, Hindawi, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Volume 2019. [12](Internet of things OR IoT) AND (Smart hospitals) AND (Healthcare) AND (Mobile Computing) OR “Internet of things OR IoT” and “Smart hospitals” and “healthcare” and Mobile computing.”5 Databases
(Science Direct, Springer, IEEE, Taylor and Francis, Hindawi)—116 articles
Mobile computing extends the functionality of IoT in the healthcare environment by bringing massive support in the form of mobile health (m-health). In this research, a systematic literature review protocol is proposed to study how mobile computing assists IoT applications in healthcare, contributes to the current and future research of IoT in the healthcare system, brings privacy and security to health IoT devices, and affects the IoT in the healthcare system. Furthermore, the paper intends to study the impacts of mobile computing on IoT in the healthcare environment or intelligent hospitals.
6.Chiranjeev Sanyal, Paul Stolee, Don Husereau. Economic evaluations of eHealth technologies: A systematic review, PLoS ONE [13]Assistive technology
Socially assistive robots
Mobile health
Mobile robot
Smart home system
Wander prevention systems
Mobile locator devices
Location-based technology
Mobile apps
Mobile application
Cell phone
older adult
older patient
economic evaluation
5 Databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, NHS EED, and PsycINFO)—14 articlesE-health technologies can be used to provide resource-efficient patient-oriented care. This review identified the growing use of these technologies in managing chronic diseases in study populations, including older adults.
7.Kampmeijer, R., et al., The use of e-health and m-health tools in health promotion and primary prevention among older adults: a systematic literature review. [14](“aged”[MeSH Terms] OR “aged”[All Fields] OR “elderly”[All Fields] OR “old”[All Fields] OR “senior”[All Fields] OR “seniors”[All Fields]) AND (“health promotion”[MeSH Terms] OR “health promotion”[All Fields] OR “promotion”[All Fields] OR “primary prevention”[MeSH Terms] OR “primary prevention”[All Fields] OR “prevention”[All Fields]) AND (“telemedicine”[MeSH Terms] OR “telemedicine”[All Fields] OR “telemedicine”[All Fields] OR “telehealth”[All Fields] OR “telehealth”[All Fields] OR “m-health”[All Fields] OR “m-health”[All Fields] OR “e-health”[All Fields] OR “e-health”[All Fields])1 Database (PubMed)—45 articlesE-health and m-health tools are used by older adults in diverse health promotion programmes but also outside formal programmes to monitor and improve their health.
8.Iyawa, G.E., M. Herselman, and A. Botha, Digital health innovation ecosystems: From a systematic literature review to conceptual framework [1]Digital health
Digital ecosystems
4 Databases
(ACM, Science Direct, IEEE Xplore and SpringerLink)—65 articles
The study identified components of digital health, components creation relevant to the healthcare domain, and components of digital ecosystems.
9.Gagnon, M.-P., et al., m-Health adoption by healthcare professionals: a systematic review. [15]m-Health
professionals and
4 Databases
(PubMed, Embase, Cinhal, PsychInfo)—33 articles
The Main perceived adoption factors to m-health at the individual, organisational, and contextual levels were the following: perceived usefulness and ease of use, design and technical concerns, cost, time, privacy and security issues, familiarity with the technology, risk-benefit assessment, and interaction with others (colleagues, patients, and management).
10.Leslie W., Kim, A. and D. Szeto, The evidence for the economic value of ehealth in the united states today: a systematic review. J Int Soc Telemed EHealth, 2016. [16](telemedicine OR “Mobile Health” OR “Health, Mobile” OR mHealth OR mHealths OR Telehealth OR eHealth) AND (“Cost-Benefit Analysis” OR “Analyses, Cost-Benefit” OR “Analysis, Cost-Benefit” OR “Cost-Benefit Analyses” OR “Cost Benefit Analysis” OR “Analyses, Cost Benefit” OR “Analysis, Cost Benefit” OR “Cost Benefit Analyses” OR “Cost Effectiveness” OR “Effectiveness, Cost” OR “Cost-Benefit Data” OR “Cost Benefit Data” OR “Data, Cost-Benefit” OR “Cost-Utility Analysis” OR “Analyses, Cost-Utility” OR “Analysis, Cost-Utility” OR “Cost Utility Analysis” OR “Cost-Utility Analyses” OR “Economic Evaluation” OR “Economic Evaluations” OR “Evaluation, Economic” OR “Evaluations, Economic” OR “Marginal Analysis” OR “Analyses, Marginal” OR “Analysis, Marginal” OR “Marginal Analyses” OR “Cost Benefit” OR “Costs and Benefits” OR “Benefits and Costs” OR “CostEffectiveness Analysis” OR “Analysis, CostEffectiveness” OR “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis”)
Virtual healthcare
2 Databases
(PubMed and The Cochrane Library) -20 articles
The goal of this study is to evaluate the published economic evidence for
e-health in the United States, analyse how well it supports the growth of the current e-health environment, and suggest what evidence is needed.
11.Hu, Y. and G. Bai, A Systematic Literature Review of Cloud Computing in Ehealth. Health Informatics—[17](Cloud) AND (eHealth OR “electronic health” OR e-health)5 Databases
(ACM Digital Library, IEEE Xplore, Inspec, ISI Web of Science and Springer)—44 articles
With the unique superiority of the cloud in big data storage and processing ability, a hybrid cloud platform with mixed access control and security protection mechanisms will be the main research area for developing a citizen-centred home-based healthcare system.
12.Boonstra, A., A. Versluis, and J.F.J. Vos, Implementing electronic health records in hospitals: a systematic literature review. BMC Health Services Research, 2014. 14(1): p. 370. [18]“Electronic Health Record*” + implement* + hospital*
“Electronic Health Record*” + implement* + “healthcare”
“Electronic Health Record*” + implement* + clinic*
“Electronic Patient Record*” + implment* + hospital*
“Electronic Patient Record*” + implement* + “healthcare”
“Electronic Patient Record*” + implement* + clinic*
“Electronic Medical Record*” + implement* + hospital*
“Electronic Medical Record*” + implement* + “healthcare”
“Electronic Medical Record*” + implement* + clinic*
“Computeri?ed Patient Record*” + implement* + hospital*
“Computeri?ed Patient Record*” + implement* + “health care”
“Computeri?ed Patient Record*” + implement* + clinic*
“Electronic Health Care Record*” + implement* + hospital*
“Electronic Health Care Record*” + implement* + “health care”
“Electronic Health Care Record*” + implement* + clinic*
“Computeri?ed Physician Order Entry” + implement* + hospital*
“Computeri?ed Physician Order Entry” + implement* + “health care”
“Computeri?ed Physician Order Entry” + implement* + clinic*
3 Databases
(Web of Knowledge, EBSCO and the Cochrane Library)—21 articles
Although EHR systems are anticipated to affect hospitals’ performance positively, their implementation is complex.
13.Pagliari, C., et al., What Is eHealth (4): A Scoping Exercise to Map the Field. J Med Internet Res, 2005. 7(1) [19]“Ehealth OR e-health OR e*health”8 Databases
(Medline [PubMed], the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature [CINAHL], the Science Citation Index [SCI], the Social Science Citation Index [SSCI], the Cochrane Library Database (including Dare, Central, NHS Economic Evaluation Database [NHS EED], Health Technology Assessment [HTA] database, NHS EED bibliographic) and Index to Scientific and Technical Proceedings (ISTP, now known as ISI Proceedings)—387 articles
Definitions of e-health vary concerning the functions, stakeholders, contexts, and theoretical issues targeted.
Table 2. Search Strategy.
Table 2. Search Strategy.
DatabaseSearch withinKeywordsNo Sources
1.ScopusArticle title, Abstract, Keywords(Digital transformation or digitalization) AND (Ehealth or e-health or mhealth or m-health or healthcare) AND (health economics)408
Article title, Abstract, Keywords(Digital transformation) AND (health)1.152
2.Science DirectArticle title(Digital transformation) AND (health)2.142
3.PubMedArticle title, Abstract(Digital transformation or digitalization) AND (Ehealth or e-health or mhealth or m-health or healthcare) AND (health economics)978
Article title(Digital transformation) AND (health)1.167
Table 3. Concept Matrix Table.
Table 3. Concept Matrix Table.
No.AuthorYearMethodSampleData AnalysisConcepts
Information Technology in HealthEducation Impact of
Acceptance of
TelemedicineSecurity of E-Health
1Kesavadev, J, et al., [20]2021Case Study Χ
2Attila, SZ et al., [21]2021Survey Χ
3Malachynska, M et al., [22]2021Case Study Χ
4Lu, WC et al., [23]2021Survey Χ
5Burmann, A et al., [24]2021Case Study Χ
6Bogumil-Ucan, S et al., [25]2021Case Study Χ
7Zanutto, O [26]2021Survey Χ
8Alauddin, MS; et al., [27]2021Survey Χ
9Alterazi, HA [28]2021Survey Χ
10Schmidt-Kaehler, S et al., [29]2021Case Study Χ
11Zhao, Y et al., [30]2021Case Study ΧΧ
12Roth, CB et al., [31]2021Systematic Literature Review Χ Χ
13Ali, NA et al., [32]2021Case Study Χ
14Alimbaev, A et al., [33]2021Case Study Χ
15Dick, H et al., [34]2021Systematic Literature Review Χ Χ
16Alt, R et al., [35]2021Surveya Vice President-Χ
17Bartosiewicz, A et al., [36]2021Survey Χ Χ
18Mussener, U [37]2021Survey Χ
19Naumann, L et al., [38]2021Case Study59 qualitative telephone interviewsThe findings hinted at five priorities of e-health policy making: strategy, consensus-building,
decision-making, implementation and evaluation that emerged from the stakeholders’ perception of the
e-health policy.
20Saetra, HS et al., [39]2021Case Study Χ
21Zoltan, V et al., [40]2021Survey Χ Χ
22Hoch, P et al., [41]2021Survey Χ
23De Vos, J [42]2021Survey Χ
24Beaulieu, M et al., [43]2021Survey Χ
25Dang, TH et al., [44]2021Survey ΧΧ Χ
26Kraus, S et al., [9]2021Systematic Literature Review Χ ΧΧ
27Gauthier, P et al., [45]2021Survey Χ
28Zhang, JS et al., [46]2021Survey Χ
29Mallmann, CA et al., [47]2021Survey513 breast cancer patients from 2012 to 2020Statistical analysisΧ
30Fons, AQ [48]2021Survey Χ
31Chatterjee, S et al., [49]2021SurveyConsumers of different age groups & people working in the healthcare sector (including doctors)Qualitative analysisΧΧ
32Wasmann, JWA et al., [50]2021Survey Χ
33Kanungo, RP et al., [51]2021Survey Χ
34Fernandez-Luque, L et al., [52]2021Survey Χ
35Wilson, A et al., [53]2021Survey Χ
36Ziadlou, D [54]2021SurveyUS health care leadersQualitative analysisΧΧ
37Oh, SS et al., [55]2021Survey ΧΧ
38Knitza, J et al., [56]2021Survey Χ
39Sergi, D et al., [57]2021Survey Χ
40Rosalia, RA et al., [58]2021Case Study Χ
41[Anonymous] [59]2021Survey Χ
42Prisyazhnaya, NV et al., [60]2021Survey Χ
43Odone, A et al. [61]2021Case StudyVariety of participantsQualitative
and quantitative analysis
44Balta, M et al., [62]2021Case Study Χ Χ
45Mues, S et al., [63]2021Survey Χ
46Frick, NRJ et al., [64]2021Case StudyPhysicians (nine female and seven male experts)Thematic analysisΧ
47Dendere, R et al., [65]2021Survey Χ
48Neumann, M et al., [66]2021SurveyThe dean or
the most senior academic individual responsible for the
medical curriculum development
Descriptive statistics in Microsoft Excel (Version
49Su, Y et al., [67]2021Case Study Χ
50Masuda, Y et al., [68]2021Survey Χ
51Frennert, S [69]2021Survey ΧΧ
52Hasselgren, A et al., [70]2021Survey Χ Χ
53Kim, HK et al., [71]2021Survey Χ Χ
54Marchant, G et al., [72]2021Survey569 adultsStatistical analysisΧ
55Malfatti, G et al., [73]2021Survey Χ
56Krasuska, M et al., [74]2021Case Study628 interviews, observed 190 meetings and analysed 499 documentsThematical analysisΧ
57Piccialli, F et al., [75]2021Survey Χ
58Kyllingstad, N et al., [76]2021Survey Χ
59Frasquilho, D et al., [77]2021Case Study Χ
60Leone, D et al., [78]2021Case Study Χ
61Kwon, IWG et al., [79]2021Report Χ
62Sim, SS et al., [80]2021Systematic Literature Review Χ
63Christie, HL et al., [81]2021Case StudyExperts (n = 483) in the fields of e-health, dementia, and caregiving were contacted via emailQualitative analysisΧ
64Eberle, C et al., [82]2021Survey2887 patientsQualitative analysisΧ
65Popkova, EG et al., [83]2021Survey Χ
66Reich, C et al., [84]2021Survey Χ
67Hanrieder, T et al., [85]2021Survey Χ
68Aleksashina, AA et al., [86]2021Survey Χ Χ
69Haase, CB et al., [87]2021Survey Χ
70Mishra, A et al., [88]2021Survey Χ
71Kokshagina, O [89]2021Survey Χ
72Loch, T et al., [90]2021Survey Χ
73Cajander, A et al., [91]2021Survey17 interviews with nurses (n = 9) and physicians (n = 8)Thematical analysisΧ Χ
74Botrugno, C [92]2021Survey Χ
75Jacquemard, T et al., [93]2021Survey Χ
76Behnke, M et al., [94]2021Survey Χ
77Peltoniemi, T et al., [95]2021Case Study Χ
78Glock, H et al., [96]2021Survey Χ
79Weitzel, EC et al., [97]2021Survey Χ
80Sullivan, C et al., [98]2021Case Study Χ
81Luca, MM et al., [99]2021Survey Χ
82Negro-Calduch, E et al., [100]2021Systematic Literature Review Χ
83Werutsky, G et al.,Denninghoff, V et al., [101]2021Survey Χ
84Piasecki, J et al., [102]2021Survey ΧΧ
85Broenneke, JB et al., [103]2021Survey Χ
86Faure, S et al., [104]2021Survey Χ
87Ghaleb, EAA et al., [105]2021Survey Χ Χ
88Verket, M et al., [106]2021Survey Χ
89Lenz, S [107]2021Survey15 interviews with persons from different areas of digital health careTheoretical samplingΧ
90De Sutter, E et al., [108]2021Survey31 healthcare professionals activeQualitative analysisΧ
91Gevko, V et al., [109]2021Survey Χ
92El Majdoubi, D et al., [110]2021Survey Χ
93Thakur, A et al., [111]2021Case Study Χ
94Persson, J et al., [112]2021Survey Χ
95Zippel-Schultz, B et al., [113]2021Survey49 patients and 33 of their informal caregivers.Qualitative analysis Χ
96Lam, K et al., [114]2021Survey Χ
97Manzeschke, A [115]2021Survey Χ
98Dyda, A et al., [116]2021Case Study Χ Χ
99Beckmann, M et al., [117]2021Case StudyVariety of participantsQualitative
and quantitative analysis
100Numair, T et al., [118]2021SurveyKenya: Interviewees included nurses, community health workers, and operators hired exclusively for data entry in the WIRE system.
Laos: As no operators were hired in Lao PDR, interviewees included nurses, doctors, and midwives who used the WIRE system daily.
(20 healthcare workers in Kenya & Laos PDR)
and quantitative analysis
101Xiroudaki, S et al., [119]2021Case Study Χ
102Droste, W et al., [120]2021Survey Χ
103Lee, JY et al., [121]2021Systematic Literature Review Χ
104Giovagnoli, et al., [122]2021Survey Χ
105Daguenet, et al., [123]2021Survey Χ
106Hubmann, et al., [124]2021Survey Χ
107Vikhrov, et al., [125]2021Survey Χ
108Jahn, HK et al., [126]2021Survey198 complete and 45 incomplete survey responses from physiciansStatistical analysisΧ
109Low et al., [127]2021Survey Χ
110Levasluoto, et al., [128]2021Case Study23 interviewsThematical analysisΧ
111Verma, et al., [129]2021Survey Χ
112Leung, PPL et al., [130]2021Case Study Χ
113Weber, S et al., [131]2021Survey Χ
114Hogervorst, S et al., [132]2021SurveyPatients (11), group HCPs (5 + 6), interviews HCPs (4)Thematical analysisΧ
115Khan, ich et al., [133]2021Systematic Literature Review Χ
116Cherif, et al., [134]2021Survey Χ
117Bingham, et al., [135]2021Survey19 registered nursesDescriptive statisticsΧ
118Broich, et al., [136]2021Survey Χ
119Klemme, et al., [137]2021SurveyThe study consisted of 15 semi-structured interviews with academic staff (n = 7 professors and postdoctoral researchers, three female, four male) in the field of intelligent systems and technology in healthcare and staff at practice partners (n = 8 heads of department, two female, six male) in healthcare technology and economy (a hospital, a digital innovation and engineering company and a manufacturer of household appliances) and social institutions (foundations and aid organisations for people with disabilities).Qualitative analysisΧΧ
120Dillenseger, et al., [138]2021Survey Χ
121Wangler, et al., [139]2021Survey Χ
122Kuhn, et al., [140]2021SurveyStudents (35)Qualitative analysis Χ
123Aldekhyyel, et al., [141]2021Survey Χ
124Christlein, et al., [142]2021Survey Χ
125Bergier, et al., [143]2021Survey Χ
126Sitges-Macia, et al., [144]2021Survey Χ
127Rani, et al., [145]2021Survey Χ
128Fredriksen, et al., [146]2021Case StudyHealthcare employees from a volunteer centre and from municipality healthcare units in three municipalitiesQualitative analysisΧ
129Caixeta, et al., [147]2021Survey Χ
130Gupta, et al., [148]2021Survey Χ
131Dobson, et al., [149]2021Survey Χ
132Choi, K et al., [150]2021Survey Χ
133Muller-Wirtz, et al., [151]2021Case Study Χ
134Sembekov, et al., [152]2021Survey Χ
135Aulenkamp, et al., [153]2021Survey ΧΧ
136Paul, et al., [154]2021Survey16 key stakeholdersThematical analysisΧ
137Lemmen, et al., [155]2021Survey62 citizens and 13 patientsQualitative analysisΧ
138Golz, et al., [156]2021Survey Χ
139Tarikere, et al., [157]2021Survey Χ
140Li, et al., [158]2021Case Study Χ
141Rouge-Bugat, et al., [159]2021Case Study Χ
142Iodice, et al., [160]2021Survey Χ
143Kulzer, B [161]2021Survey Χ
144Khosla, et al., [162]2021Survey Χ
145Dantas, et al., [163]2021Survey Χ
146Gaur, et al., [164]2021Survey Χ
147Khodadad-Saryazdi, A [165]2021Case Study ΧΧΧ
148Bellavista, et al., [166]2021Case Study Χ
149Laukka, et al., [167]2021Case Study ΧΧ
150Singh, et al., [168]2021Survey Χ
151Patalano, et al., [169]2021Survey Χ
152Mantel-Teeuwisse, et al., [170]2021Survey Χ
153Mues, et al., [171]2021Survey Χ
154Bosch-Capblanch, et al., [172]2021Survey Χ
155Jaboyedoff, et al., [173]2021Survey336 common data elements (CDEs)Qualitative analysisΧ
156Nadhamuni, et al., [174]2021Survey Χ
157Hertling, et al., [175]2021Survey Χ
158Khan, et al., [176]2021Survey Χ
159Mun, et al., [177]2021Survey Χ Χ
160Xi, et al., [178]2021Survey Χ
161Weichert, et al., M [179]2021Survey Χ
162Liang, et al., [180]2021Survey Χ
163Williams, et al., [181]2021Survey508 interviews, 163 observed meetings, and analysis of 325 documents.Qualitative analysis—Sociotechnical principles, combining deductive and inductive methods Χ
164Feroz, et al., [182]2021Case Study Χ
165Huser, et al., [183]2021Case Study Χ
166Apostolos, K [184]2021Survey Χ
167Simsek, et al., [185]2021Survey Χ Χ
168Khamisy-Farah, et al., [186]2021Survey Χ
169Egarter, et al., [187]2021Case Study Χ
170Can, et al., [188]2021Survey Χ
171Sung, et al., [189]2021Survey278 e-logbook database entries and 379 procedures in the hospital records from 14 users were analysed. Interviews with 12 e-logbook users found overall satisfaction.Statistical analysis Χ Χ
172Zoellner, et al., [190]2021Survey Χ
173Oliveira, et al., [191]2021Case StudyRecipients numbering 151 (21% of the universe) completed the questionnaire: trade (49), industry (41), services (28), health (15), and education (18).Quantitative analysisΧ
174Goudarzi, et al., [192]2021Survey Χ
175Li, et al., [193]2021Survey ΧΧ
176Klimanov, et al., [194]2021Case Study Χ
177Nadav, et al., [195]2021SurveyEight focus group interviews were conducted with 30 health and social care professionalsQualitative analysis Χ
178Spanakis, et al., [196]2021Survey Χ
179Polyakov, et al., [197]2021Survey Χ
180Fristedt, et al., [198]2021SurveyIntervention group (n  =  80) & control group (n  =  80)Data will be coded and manually entered in SPSSΧ
181Mandal, et al., [199]2021Survey Χ
182Ozdemir, V [200]2021Survey Χ
183Eberle, et al., [201]2021Survey Χ
184Iakovleva, et al., [202]2021Case Study Χ
185von Solodkoff, et al., [203]2021SurveyIn the questionnaire, the participants (n = 217). A total of 27 subjects (mean age 51 years, min: 23 years, max: 86 years) participated in the interviews.Statistical analysis Χ
186Khuntia, et al., [204]2021Survey Χ Χ
187Ochoa, et al., [205]2021Survey Χ
188Masłoń-Oracz, et al., [206]2021Case Study X X
189Abrahams, et al., [207]2020Survey XX
190Agnihothri, et al., [208]2020Survey X
191Bukowski, et al., [209]2020Survey X X
192Chiang, et al., [210]2020Survey X X
193Cobelli, et al., [211]2020SurveyPharmacists (82)Qualitative content analysisX
194Crawford, et al., [212]2020Survey X X
195Gjellebæk, et al., [2]2020Case StudyEmployees and middle managersThematic analysisX
196Nascimento, et al., [213]2020Case Study X
197Geiger, et al., [214]2020Case StudySpecialist in neurosurery & resident (296)Statistical AnalysisX X
198Eden, et al., [4]2020SurveyMedical, nursing, allied health, administrative and executive roles (92)Analysis of Cohen’s kappa (k)X X
199Gochhait, et al., [215]2020Case Study X X
200Kernebeck, et al., [216]2020Case Study X
201Klinker, et al., [217]2020SurveyStaff of health care facilities (14)Microsoft HoloLens, Vuzix m100 X
202Krasuska, et al., M.; Williams, R.; Sheikh, A.; Franklin, B. D.; Heeney, C.; Lane, W.; Mozaffar, H.; Mason, K.; Eason, et al., [218]2020SurveyStaff of health care facilities (113)Qualitative analysisX
203Leigh, et al., [219]2020Survey X
204Minssen, et al., [220]2020Survey X
205Mueller, et al., [221]2020Case StudyStaff of health care facilities (20)Qualitative analysisX X
206Nadarzynski, et al., [222]2020Case StudyPatients (257)Statistical analysisX X
207Pekkarinen, et al., [223]2020Case StudyVariety of participants (24)The analytical framework is based on Nardi and O’Day’s five components of information ecology: system, diversity, co-evolution, keystone species, and locality.X
208Rajamäki, et al., [224]2020Survey X
209Salamah, et al., [225]2020Case Study X
210Stephanie, et al., [226]2020Survey X
211Sultana, et al., [227]2020Survey X X
212Visconti, et al., [228]2020Case Study X
213Yousaf et al., [229]2020Case Study X
214Asthana, et al., [230]2019Survey X
215Astruc, B. [231]2019Case Study X X
216Baltaxe, et al., [232]2019Report X
217Caumanns, J. [233]2019Case Study X
218Diamantopoulos, et al., [234]2019Case Study X X
219Diviani, et al., [235]2019SurveyVariety of participants (165)Qualitative analysis X
220EYGM [236]2019Survey X
221Hatzivasilis, et al., [237]2019Survey X
222Go Jefferies, et al., [238]2019Case Study X X
223Kivimaa, P., et al., [239]2019Systematic Literature Review X
224Klocek, A., et al., [240]2019Case StudyVariety of people (153)Statistical analysisX
225Kohl, S., et al., [241]2019Survey X
226Kouroubali, et al., [242]2019Case Study X X
227Manard, et al., [243]2019Case Study X
228Mende M. [244]2019Survey X
229Mishra et al., [245]2019Systematic Literature Review XXX
230Niemelä, et al., [246]2019SurveyHealth professionals, child patients’ parents, and the healthcare industrySystematically analysed according to the process structure (pre-, intra-, post-surgery, and home care).X
231Nittas, V., et al. [247]2019Survey X
232Noor, A. [248]2019Case StudyStudents and Staff in colleges and universitiesQualitative analysis X
233Pape, L., et al. [249]2019Case Study X
234Patrício, et al., [250]2019Survey X
235Russo Spena, T., Cristina, M. [251]2019Survey X
236Rydenfält, C., et al., [252]2019Case StudyVariety of people (264)NVivo 10 (QSR International, Melbourne, Australia) X
237Savikko, et al., [253]2019Case Study X
238Vial, G [254]2019Systematic Literature Review X
239Wangdahl, J.M., et al., [255]2019Case StudyVariety of people (600)Binary logistic regression analysis X
240Watson, et al., [256]2019Systematic Literature Review X
241Weigand, et al., [257]2019Survey X
242Zanutto, A. [258]2019SurveyStaff of health care facilities (6836)Qualitative analysis X
243Eden, et al., [3]2018Systematic Literature Review X
244Goh, W., et al. [259]2018Survey X
245Kayser, L., et al., [260]2018Survey X
246Poss-Doering, R. et al., [261]2018Case StudyPatients (11) & Doctors (3)Statistical analysisX X X
247Khatoon, et al., [262]2018Survey X X
248Melchiorre, M.G., et al., [263]2018Case Study X
249Ngwenyama, et al., [264]2018Survey X
250Öberg, U.A.-O., et al., [265]2018SurveyPrimary healthcare nurses (20)Qualitative analysis X
251Parkin, et al., [266]2018Report X
252Tuzii, J., [267]2018Case Study X
253Brockes, C., et al., [268]2017SurveyStudents (28)Mann–Whitney U-Test X X
254Cavusoglu, et al., [269]2017Survey X
255Cerdan, et al., [270]2017Case StudyPatients (29)Qualitative analysis X
256Coppolino, et al., [271]2017Survey X
257Geiger, et al., [272]2017Survey X
258Giacosa, et al., [273]2017Survey X
259Hong, et al., [274]2017Survey X
260Hüsers, J., et al., [275]2017Case StudyNurses (534)All data were analysed using R (Version 3.2.1)X
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262Paulin, A. [277]2017Survey X
263Schobel, J., et al. [278]2017Survey X
264Seddon, et al., [279]2017Survey X
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266Tuzii, J. [267]2017Case Study X
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