WHO on eHealth - The Sooner, The Better

WHO EuropeAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO) report on eHealth, significant progress has been made towards eHealth in many Member States of the WHO European Region, with clear benefits to the public. Some of the key statistics include the fact that 93% of Member States have allocated public funding to eHealth, 81% promote health messages through social media, and 80% have legislation to protect the privacy of individual health-related data in electronic records. The report also demonstrates that, although most Member States now use eHealth to deliver healthcare and information, there is ample room for improvement. For example, several countries lack legal protection in eHealth and have weak or no governance. Telehealth (use of mobile health apps etc.) is another area that is in significant need of improvement, given the increasing popularity of use of such services.

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