Article Abstract

Introduction to mHealth—focused issue on evidence-based eHealth adoption and application

Authors: Shariq Khoja, Hammad Durrani


eHeath has played an important role in improving healthcare services in many developing and developed countries at reducing health disparities and improving health equity (1). These solutions have also been used to improve access to sources of knowledge for both patients and healthcare providers. The advancements in Electronic Health Records (EHR), Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), and Health Management Information System (HMIS) provide support to healthcare professionals and managers for better decision-making. Teleconsultations using live and store-and-forward technologies have improved access of people to specialized healthcare services in almost all the subspecialties (2). The use of Internet and hand-held devices has opened new avenues for health promotion. Most of this use is driven by reduction in Internet charges, high use of mobile phones and PDAs, and lowering of hardware cost (3). These enablers have led to high teledensity and a tremendous increase in connectivity. However, there is a need of highlighting evidence in the following areas: