According to a paper by Shaw T, et al. on “What is eHealth (6)?”, there are several definitions that can explain “eHealth”. In your opinion, what should be a definition of eHealth?
From Shaw T, et al.’s study, eHealth is the modern 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. Three domains forming a model of eHealth in this study include:
(1) health in our hands (using eHealth technologies to monitor, track, and inform health)
(2) interacting for health (using digital technologies to enable health communication among practitioners and between health professionals and clients or patients)
(3) data enabling health (collecting, managing, and using health data sources)
For a definition of “eHealth” in my opinion, I think that it integrated the various tools of information technology to enhance the delivery of health (not just self-health care) to public health and business, referring to health services and information. In a broader sense, this term could enable not only a technical development, but also a way of thinking, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global thinking, to improve health care locally, regionally, and globally by using information and communication technology.