eHealth is a broad term, and refers to the use of information and communications technologies in healthcare.

What is eHealth?

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.

The Journal of Medical Internet Research defines eHealth as:

“…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 World Health Organization (WHO) defines eHealth as:

“…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 European Commission defines eHealth as:

“…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:

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