groupAndrew Georgiou and Mirela Prgomet

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This guest editorial on e-Health for the virtual special issue (VSI) of the Health Information Management Journal (HIMJ) was published in the May 2019 issue of HIMJ.The concept of e-health encompasses a large array of information technology products and systems, each involved in some way with the gathering, integration, interpretation and communication of data and information. These products and systems include electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), health information exchange and decision support tools. While e-health may have originated with computers that were located in the background of healthcare settings (i.e. initially within financial offices, specialist laboratories or research facilities) (Goodman, 1998), it has rapidly expanded its reach and scope.In the current environment, e-health is an integral and fundamental component of the very practice of healthcare (Georgiou, 2002). e-Health is best understood as a huge network of technologies within a social and technical system, involving hardware and software along with people, processes and human behaviours (Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology, 2011).


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