eHealth refers to the use of internet and other information and communications technologies in support of health and health-related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research in the pursuit of enhancing health and healthcare.
- “The application of Internet and other related technologies in the healthcare industry to improve the access, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of clinical and business processes utilized by healthcare organizations, practitioners, patients, and consumers to improve the health status of patients. HIMSS News,Volume 13 Number 7, p. 12.
- “e-health is defined as the use of advanced telecommunications such as the Internet, portable and other sophisticated devices, advanced networks and new design approaches aiming to support healthcare delivery and education. Thus, e-health refers to a fundamental redesign of healthcare processes based on the use and integration of electronic communication at all levels. It aims to lead to patient empowerment which describes the transition from a passive role where the patient is the recipient of care services to an active role where the patient is informed, has choices and is involved in the decision making process. e-Health: Current Status and Future Trends. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 106, 2004
- Telehealth consultations
- Provider credentialing
- Communication of clinical data to providers
- Chat rooms/forums to link providers and consumers
- Consumer education
- Patient satisfaction surveys
- Personal health records