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A Review of eHealth Initiatives: Implications for Improving Health Service Delivery in Nepal
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), International Child Health and Nutrition.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0541-4486
2019 (English)In: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, ISSN 1727-5482, E-ISSN 1999-6217, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 269-277Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this paper is to take stock of the use of information and communication technologies in delivering health services in Nepal and identify bottlenecks in implementation for improving delivery of health services. A descriptive review was conducted from May to September 2016. Data were collected from organizations working on the different thematic areas in health where information and communication technologies was used. Fifteen ongoing eHealth projects were identified in the areas of monitoring and surveillance, electronic health records/electronic medical records, health information system, and telemedicine. Common challenges were addressed, including a lack of funding, infrastructure, electricity and network, and national capacity. Most eHealth projects were not integrated into the national system. Working at a national level to address the challenges, centralizing eHealth projects and developing national policies would ensure to adopt eHealth at a right place and to accelerate eHealth initiatives. Keywords: eHealth; health service delivery;information and communication technologies (ICT); Nepal.

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2019. Vol. 17, no 3, p. 269-277
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397990PubMedID: 31735916OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397990DiVA, id: diva2:1374195
Available from: 2019-11-29 Created: 2019-11-29 Last updated: 2020-02-06Bibliographically approved

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