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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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