From electronic gadgets to better health: where is the knowledge?

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7410.300 (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:300
  1. Alejandro R Jadad, director,
  2. Tony Delamothe, web editor
  1. Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada M5G 2C4
  2. bmj.com

    A call for papers for the BMJ theme issue on eHealth applications

    Over the past decade, we have been exposed to an unprecedented number of information and communication technologies that have promised to affect health care. We have witnessed the breathtaking expansion of the internet and the launch of numerous personal electronic assistants, with smart phones and wireless personal organisers leading the pack. Most high income countries have allocated substantial resources to integrating electronic health information systems and many of their citizens now have access to the internet.

    During the same decade some disturbing changes took place. Most “dot com” companies rose and fell, leaving their promises for radical change unfulfilled. In the countries with the requisite tools and the infrastructure, doctors continued …

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