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E Health (Digital Health) And Situation In It/Ict Benefits

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Interdisciplinary Education in Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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12.565.1 - 12.565.14



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Ramin Sadeghi Power & Water University of Technology

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Ramin Sadeghi, Power and water University of Technology (PWUT)
The author is in charge of distance learning program at the institution. He has developed a Web-based distance learning software program – Director for Distance Learning Center of PWUT.

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Saeid Moslehpour University of Hartford

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SAEID MOSLEHPOUR is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture at the University of
Hartford. He holds PhD from Iowa State University and BS MS and EdSp degrees from Central Missouri State University. His areas of interest are logic design, CPLDs, FPGAs and distance learning.

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Mark Rajai Northern Kentucky University

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Mark Rajai
Dr. Rajai is an associate professor at Northern Kentucky University. He is editor of an international journal and serves on editorial board of several other journals and organizations. He has published several books, over 40 articles and has obtained over $2,000, 000 in grants and contracts.

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Robert Matthews University of Louisville

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E-Health (Digital Health) and Situation in IT/ICT benefits


Today, more and more decision makers are interested in e-health tools as critical components of personal health management and healthcare reform strategies. Decision makers are seeking viable approaches to reduce healthcare costs, improve the quality of care, and increase consumers’ ability to manage their own health. Conditions are favorable for a greater investment in consumer-oriented e-health tools. The technology marketplace is dynamic; the public is increasingly turning to information and communication technologies for a better life; healthcare organizations are adopting and offering health information technology; and Government policy is placing great emphasis on both health information technology and personal health management for consumers. Such activities are now part of everyday news.


The objectives of this paper are to 1) educate the reader about e-Health 2) describe the different components of e-Health 3) illustrate how e-Health works 4) summarize the potential benefits of e-Health 5) Detail a plan to increase the probability of a successful e-Health program. 6) describe a visionary, yet practical, initial e-Health activity that would benefit developing countries – the online Health Sciences Centre

Definition of e-Health

E-Health can be defined as,

The use of information and communications technology to deliver health services and exchange health information when distance separates the participants2

E-Health is a general term that includes many different technologies and telecommunications modalities applied to many different clinical and health education activities. A e-Health system can be divided into four different components: 1) technology e.g. workstation and peripherals, 2) telecommunications link, 3) users e.g. clinicians and patients, and 4) policies and procedures. Each of these components is important and must be properly integrated with the others for e-Health to be successful.

Sadeghi, R., & Moslehpour, S., & Rajai, M., & Matthews, R. (2007, June), E Health (Digital Health) And Situation In It/Ict Benefits Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2813

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