IT Revolutions. First International ICST Conference, IT Revolutions 2008, Venice, Italy, December 17-19, 2008, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

e-Health in the Age of Paradox: A Position Paper

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-03978-2_22,
        author={William McIver},
        title={e-Health in the Age of Paradox: A Position Paper},
        proceedings={IT Revolutions. First International ICST Conference, IT Revolutions 2008, Venice, Italy, December 17-19, 2008, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={IT REVOLUTIONS},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={e-health interoperability patient-centred care},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-03978-2_22}
    }
    
  • William McIver
    Year: 2012
    e-Health in the Age of Paradox: A Position Paper
    IT REVOLUTIONS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03978-2_22
William McIver1,*
  • 1: Institute for Information Technology
*Contact email: Bill.McIver@nrc.ca

Abstract

This position paper examines a critical paradox in e-health: there is a striking gap between critical information services for health care that can be implemented today using existing in information and communication technologies and those services that are actually available. Facets of this paradox are examined in the context of Canadian analyses and policy, advanced research on health care reform, and current technological developments. Hypothetical scenarios are employed as a means of discussing the paradox and, ultimately, of describing potential solutions that are feasible now.