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Economic Viability of eCare Solutions

  • Jan Van Ooteghem
  • Ann Ackaert
  • Sofie Verbrugge
  • Didier Colle
  • Mario Pickavet
  • Piet Demeester
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 69)

Abstract

Provisioning of good quality care to the elderly population and at the same time reducing the pressure on the health care expenditures is a challenging issue for governments today. Many ICT supported, distant care systems (eCare) have been proposed but few have found their way to the market. The problem is to provide a viable business case for each actor involved (including eCare platform, health care and finance providers) when offering eCare services. We have constructed a model for evaluating the (socio-)economic viability of different business models when introducing eCare solutions. A multi-actor approach has been implemented, calculating and evaluating the business case for each actor involved. For a Belgian case we will show (socio)-economic advantages to participate in an eCare ecosystem.

Keywords

eCare Business model Multi-actor analysis Economic viability 

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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Van Ooteghem
    • 1
  • Ann Ackaert
    • 1
  • Sofie Verbrugge
    • 1
  • Didier Colle
    • 1
  • Mario Pickavet
    • 1
  • Piet Demeester
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC)Ghent University – IBBTGentBelgium

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