WHAT IS eHEALTH?
eHealth PH is a community resource for health enthusiasts, experts, and researchers. We provide original articles and resources througout each week, and readers can submit other blog posts for inclusion in our Community News section.
eHealth, according to the World Health Organization (2004), is defined as the “cost-effective and secure use of information and communication technologies in support of health and health-related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education”. Across the regions of the world, eHealth initiatives are instituted using varying frameworks that fit different countries’ socio-cultural and political-economic contexts, yet still working on the ultimate goal of improving the health system through the use of ICTs. In monitoring how countries fare in their eHealth initiatives, World Health Organization (2004) crafted the framework for action intended to be used as a reference for its member States for their respective eHealth initiatives. To summarize, WHO’s framework for action includes the following:
- formulation of cost-effective eHealth strategies which reflect principles of transparency, ethics, and equity through partnership with sectors other than health
- possible forging of transparent, equitable, and ethical public-private partnerships in order to gain resources for the improvement of eHealth content, and for the development of capacity and infrastructure ensuring that the eHealth beneficiaries meets quality, safety, and ethical standards
- establishment of global eHealth observatory “...to document and analyze the developments and trends, inform policy and practice in countries, and report regularly on use of eHealth worldwide”
- other actions which includes promotion of health and healthy lifestyles through eLearning, and provision of evidence, information, and guidance in support of and for the management of eHealth services
eHealth expands the possibilities of improving the health systems for both the low and high-income countries. It essentially overcomes the geographic and financial barriers of delivering health-related needs of the public.
ABOUT OUR LOGO
The eHealthPH logo has both graphical and typographic elements.
This represents the experts group. These are the medical profesionals, researchers and scientists who form the core of the health information of eHealth PH. Four stylized human forms with hands over and under each other represents the passing of knowledge and collaboration that is at the heart of the mission of eHealth PH. The four figures join together to form a cross, representing the health profession.
There are also four stylized human figures in this graphic element with focus on being varied and flowing. These represent the community around the eHealth PH project. The members of this community are more diverse and dynamic but are still collaborating with each other and with the experts group to form the diverse group of individuals that comprise the entire eHealth PH community.
The stylized letter “e” represents the project being “electronic” and to loosely corelate with the “e” in email, enewsletter and similar modern terms. The text was shortened from eHealthPhilippines to eHealthPH because the project was better known as this and it is easier to use and remember.