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eHealth provides a high potential platform to transform health care practices and work flows through computerized information and decision-making systems that facilitate and coordinate the care of patients. In particular, Health IT allows for the secure exchange of information between providers, patients, payers, government and other relevant stakeholders who can positively impact patient care and population health. Promoting the consistent and wide spread use of eHealth technology is regarded as a powerful tool to improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system at reduced cost in alignment with the Triple Aim.
Required investments in eHealth and Health IT can be substantial. Informed decisions are in order to establish a return on investment. However, when implemented thoughtfully and with the end goal in mind, there are many benefits that can be derived from the technologies, which can be expected to offset both the effort and investments required.
These benefits include: