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Information Technology and Community Health
What is eHealth?eHealth is the use of ICT for health (World Health Organization, 2012). On May 25, 2005, during the fifty-eighth World Health Assembly (WHA), a resolution was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) member states recognizing eHealth as the cost-effective way of using ICT in health care services, health surveillance, health literature, health education, and Research (WHA, 2005)
Given the extensive capabilities of ICT, eHealth can be considered in any of, but not limited to, the following:Communicating with a patient through a teleconference, electronic mail (e-mail), short message service (SMS)Recording, retrieving, and mining data in an electronic medical records (EMR).Providing patient teachings with the aid of electronic tools such as radio, television, computers, smartphones, and tablets.eHealth, often confused with telehealth or telemedicine, is the overall, umbrella term. According to the WHO, eHealth encompasses three main areas:The delivery of health information, for health professionals and health consumers, through the Internet and telecommunications.Using the power of information technology (IT) and e-commerce to improve public health services, for example, through the education and training of health workers.The use of e-commerce and e-business practices in health systems management.
StorageAn electronic health record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient's paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.Under this system, the physician does not store the EHR data on his/her own servers. Rather, the data is stored on the vendor's dedicated servers. While the physician does not have control in terms of data storage, the data is stored on servers in specific, known physical locations.Electronic health records are protected by encryption and strong login and password systems that make it much more difficult for someone to make unauthorized adjustments to the patient's chart and other information.Dedicated hosted system. Under this system, the physician does not store the EHR data on his/her own servers. Rather, the data is stored on the vendor's dedicated servers. While the physician does not have control in terms of data storage, the data is stored on servers in specific, known physical locations.
RetrievalHow much time does your staff spend on retrieving medical records for referred patients?First you must identify where the records reside, then locate contact information for that office or hospital. Instead of spending hours a day making follow-up phone calls to track down a patient’s records, your staff could spend just two minutes per patient to submit a patient record request through the eHealth Connect® online system.How long does it take to receive a comprehensive patient medical record, including images, pathology, and all relevant information for a referred patient?