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National eHealth Strategy Toolkit

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Worldwide, the application of information and communication technologies to support national health-care services is rapidly expanding and increasingly important. This is especially so at a time when all health systems face stringent economic challenges and greater demands to provide more and better care, especially to those most in need. The National eHealth Strategy Toolkit is an expert, practical guide that provides governments, their ministries and stakeholders with a solid foundation and method for the development and implementation of a national eHealth vision, action plan and monitoring framework. All countries, whatever their level of development, can adapt the Toolkit to suit their own circumstances. Representing one of the most significant collaborations in recent years between the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union, the Toolkit is a landmark in understanding what eHealth is, what it can do, and why and how it should be applied to health care today.

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This Toolkit has been developed as a guide to assist countries to develop a national eHealth vision, an action plan to achieve that vision, and a framework by which results can be monitored and evaluated. Like all strategies and plans, the outcomes of this Toolkit are not static and represent a point-in-time understanding of what a country needs to achieve in order to address its particular goals and challenges. For example, the various eHealth visions, strategies and plans that are referenced in Annex C represent a point-in-time view for each of the countries that developed them.

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