Report and Opinion 2014;6(12)
Developing a Conceptual Framework to Assessment of E-Health Status Shazma Tahseen1, Shah Muhammad Kamran2 Department of Information Technology, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro Sindh Pakistan. 2 School of Economics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) Wuhan, P R China.
Abstract: Background and Objective: E-health is an emerging field in the intersection of medical informatics, public health and business, referring to health services and information delivered or enhanced through the Internet and related technologies. The aim of the present study suggests some factors that are directly influencing progress of e-health with factors were present in some manner that can be used to evaluate and assess e-health overall status in some specific organizations specifically in case of developing country. Methods: This study describes the components of the framework; this includes the conceptual model on the implementation, activities and contextual factors that may affect implementation, or the results it produces. Data was collected and based on literature review and qualitative approach like interviews, documents and participatory observations with informal discussions. Survey questionnaire was used to collect data from medical professionals and health care providers besides these interviews were also conducted with prominent administrative heads for expert opinion. Results and conclusions: On the basis of this study the factors which needs to considered and evaluated are accessible in categorized form; assets these components are interlinked and affecting other factors resulting effects on overall e-health in general. This conceptual framework presents an evaluation platform for e-health programs by addressing key elements that are crucial for success of a program. A complete picture of an organization can be drawn by applying this framework that organization has proper policies, appropriate...