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Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 1–3 | Cite as

eHealth system interoperability

  • Jens Weber-JahnkeEmail author
  • Liam Peyton
  • Thodoros Topaloglou
Article

Introduction

Healthcare systems around the world are in rapid transition, moving from traditional, paper-based practices to computerized processes and systems based approaches to service delivery. The term eHealth is widely used to refer to the use of information technology systems in health care. eHealth is trending upwards, in many different ways: (a) increased expectation for improved system outcomes, (b) increased funding, (c) recognition by patients, providers and funders that it offers solutions to healthcare problems. In 2009, the American (US) Recovery and Reinvestment Act set aside $36.3 billions to help hospitals and physicians to computerize patient medical records by 2015. The European Union and Canada also have programs with similar incentives and goals.

While organizations are busy deploying eHealth information systems to better manage the quality and the delivery of health care services, from scheduling, billing, and health care records to the control of life-critical...

Keywords

Palliative Care Clinical Pathway Health Information Exchange Healthcare Database Authorization Policy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Weber-Jahnke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Liam Peyton
    • 2
  • Thodoros Topaloglou
    • 3
  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Rouge Valley Health SystemsTorontoCanada

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