Introduction and overview
eHealth offers a potent means for health services in EMEA, and worldwide, to tackle the daunting challenges of the 21st century. Ageing populations, long-term management of chronic illnesses, escalating costs1, changing patterns of disease, and a worldwide shortage of healthcare workers are all driving the need for health information and communication technology (ICT) to improve healthcare administration and delivery.
For future sustainability, the healthcare system demands efficient and affordable access to finite healthcare resources, improving care for all and reducing healthcare inequalities. To achieve its potential, eHealth must facilitate the secure movement of patient data out of system silos and transform it into intelligence for improved patient administration and enablement of patient-centred, coordinated care.
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