Next Article in Journal
Changing Agro-Pastoral Livelihoods under Collective and Private Land Use in Xinjiang, China
Next Article in Special Issue
Engagement in Healthcare Systems: Adopting Digital Tools for a Sustainable Approach
Previous Article in Journal
Determinants of Residents’ E-Waste Recycling Behavioral Intention: A Case Study from Vietnam
Previous Article in Special Issue
From Health Technology Assessment to Health Technology Sustainability
Article Menu
Issue 1 (January-1) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2019, 11(1), 165;

Pursuing Sustainability for Healthcare through Digital Platforms

Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
Department of Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano, Italy
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 28 November 2018 / Revised: 18 December 2018 / Accepted: 21 December 2018 / Published: 29 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability for Healthcare)
PDF [1168 KB, uploaded 1 January 2019]


Sustainability, as well as the sustainable use of resources and related issues, has inspired a long-lasting and lively debate among scholars of different disciplines. Due to under-investigation of several of the sustainability-related challenges, this paper aims to better understand the system dynamics that, supported by some digital enablers (e.g., digital technologies and platforms), boost the sustainability of complex service systems such as healthcare. To this end, the theoretical meta-model of interaction types, which inspired the prototype digital platform dedicated to the online delivery of health-related services, is presented. Moreover, some healthcare usage scenarios, based on the prototype’s functions, are analysed and discussed. This allows understanding of how important the role of technologies and, in particular, digital platforms, are in empowering actors and in making them willing to interact, and share their own resources in continually new ways. This paves the way for ongoing value co-creation, which is essential for healthcare system sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; healthcare; patient-centeredness; digital platforms; interaction type sustainability; healthcare; patient-centeredness; digital platforms; interaction type

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Faggini, M.; Cosimato, S.; Nota, F.D.; Nota, G. Pursuing Sustainability for Healthcare through Digital Platforms. Sustainability 2019, 11, 165.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top