Establishing an evidence base for e-health: the proof is in the pudding

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Seven years have passed since the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA58.28 urging the World Health Organization and its Member States1 to endorse e-health as a way to strengthen health systems.


In defining e-health as “the cost-effective and secure use of information and communication technologies in support of health and health-related fields”, the resolution offered a definition that was comprehensive and generic, yet specific enough for researchers wishing to evaluate the impact of e-health to know what to evaluate.


Specifically, the resolution urged Member States to “mobilize multisectoral collaboration for determining evidence-based e-health standards and norms, to evaluate e-health activities, and to share the knowledge of cost-effective models, thus ensuring quality, safety and ethical standards and respect for the principles of confidentiality of information, privacy, equity and equality”.

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