January 15 2018 at 12:58 PM by Vamakshi Saklani

The popularization and propaganda of e-health as a healthcare initiative has been gaining widespread attention in the recent times. With the growing public health initiatives becoming a necessity, there is an urgent need for innovative ways to improve the overall outcome of such healthcare services and initiatives within a controlled budget plan. A well-developed healthcare programme aims at providing good quality medical supervision to the people of all strata across the globe making it an easy to access facility for all. E-health as an initiative is a major milestone in this direction. Technology and automation have the potential to reduce the costs of basic healthcare services. E-health makes use of such e-commerce technologies to bring about a powerful change in the dynamics of the health industry worldwide.

Aims and Impact of E-health

E-Health primarily focuses on increasing efficiency in the healthcare systems, thereby decreasing costs. The main agenda is to focus on providing the patients with better quality medical services and consequently empowering them through the process of making available to them the knowledge bases of medicine and personal electronic records accessible over the internet. E-health opens new avenues for patient-centered medicine, enables patient education and thus increases the likelihood of informed and more satisfactory patient choices.  Online sources make it easier for physicians as well as consumers to keep up to date with the latest developments in the medical areas of their respective interests. This, in turn, is likely to have a positive impact on the quality of care vis-à-vis the use of the latest medical treatments and preventive protocols. Extending the scope of healthcare beyond its conventional boundaries, in both a geographical sense as well as in a conceptual sense, leads to enabling such techniques as telemedicine and virtual operating rooms, both of which are invaluable in providing health care services to places where it may otherwise be difficult or impossible to do.

E-health is more than a technological initiative; it also requires a major paradigm shift in health care delivery, practice, and thinking. This gap has however been addressed by developing a framework that identifies the major factors involved in assessing the e-health preparedness of countries, thereby facilitating them in focussing their efforts on the relevant issues that must be addressed in order for successful e-health initiatives to follow.