Critical Issues in Assessing Sustainability and Feasibility of E-health

Critical Issues in Assessing Sustainability and Feasibility of E-health

Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA) and Santosh K. Misra (Cleveland State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-889-5.ch043
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Abstract

The cost of health care is increasing exponentially worldwide. The adoption and diffusion of e-health and the application of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in health care is growing at a rapid rate in an attempt to find cost-effective methods of providing quality health care. Both European and US governments are making e-health a priority on their agendas. However, few, if any, discuss the critical issues of the sustainability and feasibility of e-health models. We attempt to fill this critical void by presenting a macro framework that identifies the key components of a generic e-health system and identifying factors playing a role in the assessment of e-health sustainability.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Asset Model: Components of business model that define the assets owned by the business entity.

Demand Model: Components of business model that define the customer needs and wants.

Cost Model: Components of business model that define the cost sources for the organization.

E-Business Model: A business model where either the product or process or selling agent is partially or completely electronic.

Revenue Model: Components of business model that define the sources of revenue for the organization.

E-Health: The offering of health care products and services using Web-based technologies.

Intangible Asset: Assets such as goodwill, reputation, and brand recognition.

Sustainability: The long-term survivability of the business entity.

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