The article examines the factors and trends defining the necessity of the formation of electronic medicine. It also highlights the purpose, essence and capabilities of e- medicine. Moreover, the international experience in the field of e-medicine and the situation with its formation in Azerbaijan are reviewed. The weaknesses of the scientific basis for informatization of health are mentioned, and the improvement of e-medicine through the solution of problems requiring scientific support are identified. Suggestions on the development of e-medicine in Azerbaijan are put forward (pp.3-17).