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|Title:||Special issue introduction: e-future.|
|Other Authors:||Vogel, Douglas|
Information Communication Technology
Delivery of Care
Quality of HealthCare
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
|Citation:||Health and Technology. 2012 June; 2(2): pp 95–96|
|Abstract:||Without exception, all countries of the OECD are experiencing exponentially increasing healthcare costs . Most have agreed that technology and more specifically e-health holds the key . Although many definitions exist, e-health essentially involves the application of ICTs (information communication technologies) to support and facilitate the range of healthcare functions concerned with the practice and delivery of care [3, 4, 5, 6]. Moreover, e-health; also includes the digitising of various healthcare processes and tasks including e-billing, e-payment, e-prescription, e-radiology and e-records . What becomes important then is to understand the key challenges, barriers and facilitators when designing e-health solutions so that they will indeed serve to realize a healthcare value proposition of excellence in access, quality and value and serve to ensure a better future for healthcare delivery. This, in turn, requires consideration of the key future trends that will significantly impact healthcare , namely: (i) escalating healthcare costs (ii) empowered consumers (iii) e-health adaptability (iv) a shift to focus on healthcare prevention as well as cure (v) an increase in non-communicable (chronic) diseases (vi) an aging population (vii) impact on health insurance (iix) workforce shortages (ix) the role of data and information (x) the importance of security and privacy|
|Journal Title:||Health and Technology|
|Affiliated Organisations:||Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.|
|Appears in Collections:||Health Informatics|
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