eHealth - using computers to improve your healthcare

What is eHealth?

eHealth means using computers and new technology to improve your healthcare. When your health information is held on computer, it is easier for NHS staff who look after you to get information about you quickly. This helps them give you the best possible care.

What does eHealth mean for me?

  • Doctors can check your x-rays and test results on computer. This means they can look at the results as soon as they are available, so your treatment can start sooner.
  • If your GP wants to refer you to a hospital and you agree, they will send the hospital information about your health in electronic form. After treatment, the hospital will send information to your GP electronically or by post.
  • If you live in a remote or rural area, using video links to communicate with health professionals can make it easier for you to get the care you need.
  • If an ambulance takes you to hospital, the ambulance workers can send information about you electronically, so the hospital staff can get ready to treat you.
  • You can get information from the NHS health information website, NHS inform. It tells you about illnesses and conditions, local services, and support groups.

Page last edited: 30 March 2011