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Advantech e-Health and m-Health

Press release [Friday 19 October 2012]

eHealth, or e-Health, refers to healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication. The term is supposed to be interchangeable with health informatics with a broad definition covering electronic/digital processes in health or, to narrow down, the term eHealth indicates healthcare practice using the Internet.

mHealth, or m-Health, is the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers, etc. for health services and clinical data collection. mHealth applications include the use of mobile devices in delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.

Forms of eHealth

eHealth covers a wide range of services or systems combining medicine, healthcare and information technology, such as electronic health records which enables the communication of patient data between different healthcare and telemedicine which is physical and psychological treatments at a distance. Consumer health informatics refers to the use of electronic resources on medical topics by healthy individuals or patients. Virtual healthcare teams even consist of healthcare professionals who collaborate and share information on patients through digital equipment. Healthcare Information Systems are software solutions for appointment scheduling, patient data management, work schedule management and other administrative tasks surrounding health.

mHealth is more narrow down

While mHealth considering the usage of mobile devices in a healthcare process, it is more narrow down than the idea of eHealth. That is, mHealth is more personal. According to mobihealth news, one of the leading website provides of news, commentary, online events and research for the global mobile health community, nearly everyone has access to a mobile, while some 26 percent of the population does not have desktop Web access, pointing out the closeness of use between eHealth and mHealth. Besdies, for mHealth, a lot of the innovation is coming out of India, China, South America and Mexico. Countries with less resource are producing services that look to work well in our resource-poor healthcare industry.

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