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Research Article

The Impact of eHealth on the Quality and Safety of Health Care: A Systematic Overview

  • Ashly D. Black,

    Affiliation: eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Josip Car,

    Affiliation: eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Claudia Pagliari,

    Affiliation: eHealth Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Chantelle Anandan,

    Affiliation: eHealth Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Kathrin Cresswell,

    Affiliation: eHealth Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Tomislav Bokun,

    Affiliation: eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Brian McKinstry,

    Affiliation: eHealth Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Rob Procter,

    Affiliation: National Centre for e-Social Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • Azeem Majeed,

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Aziz Sheikh mail

    aziz.sheikh@ed.ac.uk

    Affiliation: eHealth Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • Published: January 18, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000387

About the Authors

Ashly D. Black, Josip Car, Tomislav Bokun
eHealth Unit, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Claudia Pagliari, Chantelle Anandan, Kathrin Cresswell, Brian McKinstry, Aziz Sheikh
eHealth Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Rob Procter
National Centre for e-Social Science, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Azeem Majeed
Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: aziz.sheikh@ed.ac.uk

Competing Interests

BM has received research grants from Intel, Tunstall, Chief Scientist Office, and NHS Lothian to explore the use of Telehealthcare in long-term conditions. AS is on the PLoS Medicine Editorial Board.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: ADB JC CP CA KC TB BM RP AM AS. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: ADB JC CP CA KC TB BM RP AM AS. Designed the experiments/the study: JC CP RP AM AS. Analyzed the data: ADB JC CA BM. Collected data/did experiments for the study: ADB JC CP CA TB. Wrote the first draft of the paper: ADB. Contributed to the writing of the paper: JC CP CA KC TB BM RP AM AS. Coapplicant on the grant that enabled this research to proceed; authored or coauthored key sections of the report (e.g., developed the conceptual maps, building on a previous analysis for NHS SDO): CP.