eHealth (also written e-health) is a relatively recent term for healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication, dating back to at least 1999.
Usage of the term varies - some argue that it is interchangeable with health informatics with a broad definition covering electronic/digital processes in health while others use it in the narrower sense of health care practice using the Internet.
It can also include health applications and links on mobile phones, referred to as m-health or mHealth
Since about 2011, the increasing recognition of the need for better cyber-security and regulation may result in the need for these specialized resources to develop safer eHealth solutions that can withstand these growing threats.
The term can encompass a range of services or systems, including:
- Electronic health records
- Computerized physician order entry
- e Prescribing
- Clinical decision support
- Consumer health informatics
- Health knowledge management
- Virtual healthcare teams
- mHealth or m-Health
- Medical research using grids
- Health informatics / Healthcare information systems
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Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Internet. Accessed on June 14, 2016.