E-HEALTH’S POTENTIAL TO DELIVER BETTER HEALTHCARE
In a broad sense, e-health refers to the use of information technology in healthcare. Three categories of information technology can be distinguished: m-Health, which refers to the use of mobile wireless technology; cybermedicine, which is the Internet applied to medicine; and telemedicine, which simply means “medicine from a distance”. E-health can complement existing tools for physicians and hospital systems, not replace them.
Concrete examples of e-health range from digital prescriptions, video links between patients and doctors or from doctor-to-doctor, and use of electronic healthcare records to mobile applications for tracking diseases. On a large scale, e-health may encompass the use of digital solutions to track the spread of diseases, or monitoring tools to assist public health officials study trends across national or international populations.
Telemedicine: Opportunities and developments in member states, World Health Organization, 2010
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.