Healthcare is basic needs of human being and as important as food and water for their survival. With the influx of technological advancement, healthcare delivery has become a challenge and opportunity both.
It has become challenge as most of the people who reside in rural areas don’t know how to operate the latest gazettes which can actually facilitate the healthcare delivery. For them, the technology is big no-no kind of thing.
It is being termed as opportunity as most of the people in urban areas have idea how to use best out of it. They know how technology can be harnessed for their benefits.
eHealth, called as electronic Health is like father on the family tree of ICT in healthcare. It is process of healthcare delivery where electronic processes facilitate things. It provides people an easy option where they don’t need to carry their paper files of medical records everywhere. For an example in a span of 10 years, if you have visited at least 10 times to different doctors, one can imagine how difficult it is for a particular doctor to track your medical records. eHealth steps in at this point of time.
It is electronic mode of storing data which can be used anytime with the help of computers as well as other electronic networks. eHealth includes technology such as electronic health records, patient administration systems and lab systems.
mHealth which stands for mobile health is subset of eHealth. It’s a part of eHealth where latest smart phones, tablets play a pivotal role in healthcare delivery. It’s is crucial in those areas where there is low reach of internet and computers. In rural areas where there is lesser number of doctors and devoid of other healthcare infrastructure, mHealth helps people including local physicians, patients and physicians to get all health related information on their mobile phone. It’s personal storage of healthcare data. It refers to front-end interactions between healthcare users and provider.
Patients can log, store and monitor their own health and access electronic health records on their own personal mobile devices anytime and anywhere.