eEducation and eHealth: A Call for Action

Chapter

Abstract

Education has a crucial role in the development and implementation of eHealth systems. The spread of knowledge among the different stakeholders involved in those process is crucial, provided that the correct target and the proper educational models are chosen. In a continous mutating scenario like the one of the ICT is, a traditional approach cannot be suitable: educational methods created when these technologies were still not known may be inapplicable for the current issues. On the other hand, the role of those same technologies, and the implications that their application in health-related contexts, have to be properly understood in order to take real advantages form them, avoiding a waste of resources. Yet, education cannot be intended only for those professionals that work within health or ICT frameworks. In fact, because health affects every human beings on the planet, the spread of knowledge has to be for everyone. It means that a common and proved way to reach the educational targets have to be found, so that a proper information, education, and formation can be delivered to all the actors involved. In this text, some of the main features of the educational actions needed to meet those standards are presented. In addition, the threats that lie in the same new technologies have been considered, as well as the possible menaces that come from the several visions of what medical and health education is or is supposed to be.

Keywords

eHealth education telemedicine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EuroGenLab and Caravelli LaboratoryBolognaItaly

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