eHealth is an emerging healthcare concept that leverages electronic processes and communication to manage healthcare information. It primarily involves simplifying processes, communication and transactions within and between healthcare institutions and professionals through information and telecommunications technologies. Currently, eHealth initiatives have myriad benefits including improving integration of healthcare delivery, empowering people to better manage and participate in their own health, and facilitating public health initiatives
The eHealth trend originated in 2000, when the University of Toronto launched an initiative to empower people, to share healthcare information with the help of technology. The main objective was to increase collaboration across the entire healthcare value chain and by 2004, these initiatives had spread across Europe, ensuring that the healthcare decisions citizens made were in their best interests. The rise in the popularity of eHealth was its ability to effectively manage the entire healthcare continuum, including health monitoring, wellness programs, preventive health measures like smoking cessation, chronic disease management, post-acute care management and patient safety management.
Outsourcing Center and Wipro recently performed a survey that examined current trends and approaches to eHealth initiatives in organizations worldwide. While the survey does not outline an overall picture of the state of current eHealth initiatives, it does point to some general trends in this area. The findings indicated that eHealth initiatives are currently in nascent stages; government legislation is playing a prominent role in driving organizations towards this new healthcare model. Organizations believe eHealth’s greatest benefits involve increased efficiency and enhanced ability of healthcare providers to deliver safe and effective care. However, data security remains a critical eHealth issue concerning organizations.
Wipro has been involved in a variety of eHealth initiatives from the very beginning. We understand that although eHealth is still in its infancy in most areas around the world, it offers healthcare providers and medical facilities with a wide array of benefits. It has the potential of revolutionizing the healthcare industry as it reaches its potential in the years ahead.