Imelda GI clinical research centre, Imelda General Hospital Bonheiden, Bonheiden, Belgium. Electronic address: email@example.com.
Department of Hepato-Gastroenterology, University Hospitals Gasthuisberg Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
Department of Hepato-Gastroenterology, Ambroise Paré Clinic, Toulouse, France.
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Humanitas University, Milan, Italy; IBD Center, Department of Gastroenterology, Humanitas Clinical and Research Center, Milan, Italy.
Inserm U954 and Department of Gastroenterology, Nancy University Hospital, University of Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France.
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease need close monitoring for an optimal disease management. For this, e-health technologies are promising tools. But the current evidence for the implementation of e-health in inflammatory bowel disease is weak. For this a critical evaluation of the existing evidence is presented. Furthermore some essential conditions need to be full-filled. We need a robust digital infrastructure that is workable for the patient and the healthcare provider. Important legal issues need to be solved to protect the patient. And the e-health technologies will have to proof their durability, feasibility and acceptance for the patient on the long term.