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NI News Volume 9 No 1

The latest issue of the NI News, Volume 9 Number 1 - July 2012 is now available online.

Category: News & Trends

W.H.O. National eHealth Strategy Toolkit

ReportWorldwide, the application of information and communication technologies to support national health-care services is rapidly expanding and increasingly important. This is especially so at a time when all health systems face stringent economic challenges and greater demands to provide more and better care, especially to those most in need.

The National eHealth Strategy Toolkit is an expert, practical guide that provides governments, their ministries and stakeholders with a solid foundation and method for the development and implementation of a national eHealth vision, action plan and monitoring framework. All countries, whatever their level of development, can adapt the Toolkit to suit their own circumstances.

Representing one of the most significant collaborations in recent years between the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union, the Toolkit is a landmark in understanding what eHealth is, what it can do, and why and how it should be applied to health care today.

NB: pdf version is now posted below, free of charge; the hard-copy version is expected 3rd Q 2012, and can be pre-ordered separately.



Category: Reports

Humanizing eHealth tools boosts patient trust

Humanizing decision-support computer aids for patients helps to increase trust of such tools, according to new research out of Clemson University.

Design and look of an aid are important, according to Clemson psychology associate professor Richard Pak, who found that, for instance, adding an image of a person to an electronic support tool "significantly alters [patient] perceptions" for the better. As a result, decision-making reaction time of patients becomes quicker.

"A plausible explanation is that the increase in trust led to an increased dependence on the aid, which led to faster performance," Pak said, according to a university announcement.

Read more: Humanizing eHealth tools boosts patient trust - FierceHealthIT


Category: News & Trends