The RCN defines eHealth (sometimes called digital health) as concerned with promoting, empowering and facilitating health and wellbeing with individuals, families and communities, and the enhancement of professional practice through the use of information management and information and communication technology (ICT).
There is more to eHealth than just technology. It is about finding, using, recording, managing, and transmitting information to support health care, in particular to make decisions about patient care. Computers (and other ICT devices) are merely the technology that enables this to happen.
Given the inevitability of health care ICT, it is important that nursing staff, from front line workers to leaders, embrace the agenda and play a key role in it, meeting the needs of the profession, patients and health care.
You can read more about the opportunities, technologies and design issues involved here.
This area of our website promotes the work of the RCN eHealth forum. The forum has the role of providing an effective voice on eHealth matters. It:
You can learn more about the eHealth forum’s work here.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines eHealth as "the cost-effective and secure use of information and communications technologies in support of health and health-related field, including health care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research."