Issues and Prospects of e-health in Pakistan

Qamar Afaq Qureshi, Najam Afaq Qureshi, Muhammad Zubair Khan, A Nawaz, Bahadar Shah


Background & objectives: In connection with access to information in developing countries,
information flows through existing networks of communication is a main theme in the current
IS literature .
Methods:Information-intensive infrastructure is a requirement for information dissemination
due to the shortage of network infrastructure in the majority of developing states. It is
verified by many researchers that information managing technologies with their main purpose
of ‘handling information’ have the advantage to enhance already existing technologies by
making better information-communication a priori to new ICT innovations .Presently health
information system infrastructure is deficient in resources to meet the demands and needs of
increasing population in developing countries. Health care systems of developing countries
have major barriers like poverty and lack of technological sophistication.
Results:The basic difficulties or barriers in using information technologies include poor or
inadequate infrastructure, insufficient access to the hardware and inadequate or poor
resources allocation. By eliminating these barriers population health status can be improved in
developing countries.
Interpretation & conclusion: This study aims to determine the main issues and prospects for ehealth
in the current situation of developing countries like Pakistan and the way forward for
policy makers to manage all issues in future for more effective and rational decision-making
in healthcare organizations.

Key words: e-health; challenges; prospects; developing countries; Pakistan

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