#1 eHealth

By Ilkka Kunnamo (Finland)
EQuiP Working Group Leader on eHealth

EQuiP Working Group on eHealth

eHealth is a relatively recent and broad term encompassing implementation of means of information and communications technology in the health and healthcare sectors for clinical, research, educational, service delivery, and administrative purposes.

For the first time, technology is enabling the emergence of a new global mindset in interaction and collaboration among institutions, health professionals and providers, healthcare users and entrepreneurs.

While eHealth has the potential to deliver high-quality and cost-effective solutions for diverse population needs in Primary Healthcare, address ever growing consumer demand, and improve health and healthcare in underserved areas and low- and middle-income countries, it still faces important challenges, such as interoperability and scalability.

The 46th EQuiP Assembly Meeting held in Talinn (Estonia) 16-18 October 2014 was themed 'Digital prescribing in primary care: A tool for prompt service or a challenge to quality evaluation?'.
Unfortunately, we have no link to interactive EQuiP ePDF with slides and photos, but we do have a series of video recordings from the conference.


Media and Resources

The WONCA Policy Statement on eHealth was finalized in April 2016 and published in June 2016. The statement emphasizes patient participation and empowerment on electronic platforms, the role of the GP as the coordinator of care enabled by the “one patient – one record” concept, and secondary use of health data collected in primary care.  
The WP will promote the implementation of the statement in collaboration with WICC and EQuiP.
According to a survey for members of WONCA groups in 2014, the most important objective of the WP is to describe the key functionalities that eHealth should provide for family doctors. This topic is discussed in WONCA Europe World Book of Family Medicine 2015 ("How to build an ideal healthcare information system" http://bit.ly/1OVOL5q) and in a presentation at the WICC meeting in 2016 http://bit.ly/2f0khFi.