From the International Medical Informatics Association

Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Special theme: e-health, May 2012

The Special Theme issue on e-health of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Volume 90, Number 5, May 2012, 321-400) has been published today, 01 May, 2012. The full content is available online via

Individual articles are readable and downloadable in a variety of formats (including HTML files, PDF files, and e-reader formats). Abstracts and other items are available in عربي‎, 中文, Français, Русский and Español

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2012;90:321-321. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.000512

Writing in the editorials, Najeeb Al-Shorbaji & Antoine Geissbuhler discuss how to establish an evidence base for e-health; JEWC van Gemert-Pijnen et al. look at ways to improve the credibility of e-health technologies. In the news section, Claire Keeton examines ways of measuring e-health impact, Michael Dumiak looks into the future of e-health, and in an interview, five leading e-health thinkers debate key challenges in the field.

Among other items, Phil Seidenberg et al. examine how mobile phone texting helped diagnosis in infants, Maria Beatriz Alkmim et al. assess how a telehealth network has helped patients, Jørn Braa et al. examine how workshops have boosted data use in Zanzibar, and Soatiana Rajatonirina et al. look at the African island’s ‘real time’ surveillance system. Richard Wootton et al. discuss how telemedicine delivers humanitarian services, Trevor Lewis et al. present findings from the Center for Health Market Innovations, Frances S Mair et al. examine factors that promote or inhibit e-health implementation, and John D Piette et al. discuss the next step for e-health in low and middle-income countries.

The production of this Special Theme issue has been made possible by  the dedicated work of the project team over the past 18 months, lead by IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and Najeeb Al-Shorbaji from WHO, and involving many IMIA colleagues within the project team, as authors and as reviewers. The production was also supported financially by several donor and sponsor organisations (including PEPFAR and IDRC). The first editorial, Establishing an evidence base for e-health: the proof is in the pudding, by Najeeb Al-Shorbaji & Antoine Geissbuhler gives some of the background to the production of this Special Theme issue:

The Bulletin, one of the world’s leading public health journals, is a peer-reviewed monthly with a special focus on developing countries. The Bulletin is one of the top 10 public and environmental health journals. It is essential reading for all public health decision-makers and researchers who require its special blend of research, well-informed opinion and news.

IMIA is a Non Government Organization (NGO) in special relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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