What is eHealth?
eHealth is a broad term, and refers to the use of information and communications technologies in healthcare.
eHealth covers a lot of territory, which is why digital health industry experts often contest exactly what the term means – and to add to the confusion, it’s also frequently used as a synonym for Health IT.
“...an emerging field in the intersection of medical informatics, public health and business, referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies.
In a broader sense, the term characterizes not only a technical development, but also a state-of-mind, a way of thinking, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve healthcare locally, regionally, and worldwide by using information and communication technology.”
“...the cost-effective and secure use of information and communication technologies in support of the health and health-related fields including healthcare, health surveillance and health education, knowledge and research.”
“...the use of modern information and communication technologies to meet needs of citizens, patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, as well as policy makers.”
Depending on how people choose to define it, eHealth encompasses a wide variety of sub-domains of digital health such as:
- Electronic Health Records (EHR)
- Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
- Telehealth and telemedicine
- Health IT systems
- Consumer health IT data
- Virtual healthcare
- Mobile Health (mHealth)
- Big data systems used in digital health
How is eHealth used?
Want to learn more about the digital health industry? Use the IMT's digital health landscape diagram to explore the sub-specialties in detail.