Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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| Editors: Marc Gellman

eHealth Cost-Effectiveness

  • Emily LattieEmail author
  • Lauren Brenner
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_101957-1



eHealth cost-effectiveness deals with evaluating and improving healthcare system spending through the use of information and communication technologies that support or deliver healthcare. This can be achieved by utilizing eHealth programs that are economical in regards to the tangible benefits produced by the amount of money spent.


Since the rapid growth of the Internet throughout the 1990s, researchers and clinicians have praised the potential of eHealth tools and programs to not only increase access to care, but also to improve and increase the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. As eHealth tools and programs continue to grow in number and reach, there is a need to evaluate their cost-effectiveness to determine if they are in fact economically useful....

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References and Further Reading

  1. Bergmo, T. S. (2015). How to measure costs and benefits of eHealth interventions: An overview of methods and frameworks. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(11), e254.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Elbert, N. J., van Os-Medendorp, H., van Renselaar, W., Ekeland, A. G., Hakkaart-van Roijen, L., Raat, H., …, & Pasmans, S. G. (2014). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ehealth interventions in somatic diseases: A systematic review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(4), e110.Google Scholar
  3. Hedman, E., Ljótsson, B., & Lindefors, N. (2012). Cognitive behavior therapy via the internet: A systematic review of applications, clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, 12(6), 745–764.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Tate, D. F., Finkelstein, E. A., Khavjou, O., & Gustafson, A. (2009). Cost effectiveness of internet interventions: Review and recommendations. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38(1), 40–45.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Behavioral Intervention TechnologiesNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Lattie
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Preventive MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA