Now is the time for ehealth
Information technology is increasingly prevalent in healthcare. Ignore it at your peril, say Matko Marlais and Josip Car
- By: Matko Marlais, Josip Car
Ehealth is one of the most exciting developments in the history of medicine. Broadly, it is a synonym for the use of information-communication technology related to health or healthcare delivery-a discipline known as health informatics. Creating a service that integrates information technology (IT) in every aspect of health care delivery is globally seen as the key to improving and redesigning healthcare systems, by reducing errors, improving quality of care and patient safety, and increasing the efficiency of healthcare.
New modes of communication and improved access to information and care, “smart” monitoring, computer decision support, tracking of and rapid response to adverse events, or automation of processes are but a few advantages that information technology brings.
Governments throughout the developed world and in many developing countries are now making unprecedented investments in health information technology.1 In the United Kingdom, the new NHS Connecting for Health agency was created to implement the