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Now is the time for ehealth

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0712432 (Published 01 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:0712432
  1. Matko Marlais, third year medical student1,
  2. Josip Car, director of ehealth unit1
  1. 1Department of Primary Care and Social Medicine, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ

Information technology is increasingly prevalent in healthcare. Ignore it at your peril, say Matko Marlais and Josip Car

Ehealth is one of the most exciting developments in the history of medicine. Broadly, it is a synonym for the use of information-communication technology related to health or healthcare delivery-a discipline known as health informatics. Creating a service that integrates information technology (IT) in every aspect of health care delivery is globally seen as the key to improving and redesigning healthcare systems, by reducing errors, improving quality of care and patient safety, and increasing the efficiency of healthcare.

New modes of communication and improved access to information and care, “smart” monitoring, computer decision support, tracking of and rapid response to adverse events, or automation of processes are but a few advantages that information technology brings.

Governments throughout the developed world and in many developing countries are now making unprecedented investments in health information technology.1 In the United Kingdom, the new NHS …

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