What is e-health and how can this area change the care and care of people?
“E-health” includes all the applications of information and telecommunications technologies in the service of health. It is therefore a very broad field, which includes in particular the use of digitized health data. As such, it is necessary to differentiate the reuse of health data (data reuse), which corresponds to analyzing data by changing the purpose of this data (for example, using billing data to describe care paths), from artificial intelligence, which is one of the many methods of analyzing this data.
“E-health” is therefore already present on a daily basis in hospitals and outpatient clinics, if only through computerized prescriptions and software specific to our professions, but the reuse of digital data in real time is just around the corner. his beginnings. The potentials are enormous: improvement of prediction scores, detection of risky situations in real time, optimization of care pathways, security, information and communication, prescription assistance, and many other applications!
However, the challenges are just as important because it is necessary to ensure a data processing respectful of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to control the quality of this data, to ensure their interoperability, etc. Above all, special attention must be paid to the processing of the information produced: it must be integrated into the existing information circuit and be addressed to all the interlocutors concerned, from a multi-professional perspective and involvement of the patient himself.