Human-centred ehealth: current opportunities, challenges and the way forward for China

Su, Ying and Talburt, John and Soar, Jeffrey (2011) Human-centred ehealth: current opportunities, challenges and the way forward for China. In: 8th eHealth High Level Conference: eHealth for Sustainable Healthcare: Global Changes Through Local Actions Global People-centred eHealth Innovation Forum, 15-18 Mar 2010, Barcelona, Spain.


Information and communication technology (ICT) is a global
catalyst for change. In 2009, China's State Council passed a long-awaited medical reform plan which promised to spend
¥850 billion (US$123 billion) by 2011 to provide universal medical service to the country's 1.3 billion population. This impetus was fuelled by growing public criticism of soaring medical fees, a lack of access to affordable medical services, poor physician–patient relationships and low medical insurance coverage. The potential of ICTs to contribute to health system transformation in China is recognised but there is as yet little progress or inclusion in the national strategy. The purpose of this article is
to illustrate key factors that could facilitate or hinder the use of ICTs to promote optimal human health (known as human-centred eHealth or HeH), through strengthened relationships between healthcare professionals and patients; continuous and sustainable joint efforts between healthcare teams and families; and alignment of hospitals and communities to improve health equitably throughout the population.

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Additional Information: © 2011 BMJ Group. No part of the publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, mechanical, by photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior permission.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 01:55
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; eHealth; ICT
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified

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