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The development of eHealth technologies involves a lot more than simply designing a product or service, and includes more than merely procuring stand-alone, medical devices. Creating a new technology works as a catalyst for innovation. It induces clarification of how the process of healthcare delivery actually runs. It also illustrates the interdependencies between technology, people, their social-cultural environment, and the infrastructural organization of healthcare. Ideally, all stakeholders should be aware of these complex relationships[1][2][3][4].


The following six working principles derived from the review of current frameworks represent the holistic development approach[5]:


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