Digital health information for the consumer: evidence and by David Nicholas, Paul Huntington, Peter Williams

By David Nicholas, Paul Huntington, Peter Williams

This certain booklet attracts on study that constituted the 1st significant national overview of the use and effect of key electronic overall healthiness info systems that have been supplied to millions of well-being shoppers within the united kingdom. The authors provide the 1st finished and specific comparability of utilization and impression of the 3 significant ICT systems offering well-being details - the net, touch-screen kiosks and electronic interactive tv. It presents an in depth reference resource on how healthiness shoppers behave while on-line, no matter if this differs in keeping with electronic platform or form of person, how clients understand electronic future health providers and what future health advantages those companies bring. The booklet might be priceless examining for all these attracted to electronic healthiness details - scholars, teachers, healthiness policy-makers and knowledge managers.

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G. HoNF 1997; BHIA 1996) have attempted to formulate policy statements, guidelines and principles regarding web based health information. Kim et al (1999) have surveyed these in order to identify concerns, recommendations and areas of consensus. The authority and reputability of the site was fourth in their ‘top ten’ of issues cited in commentators’ lists of quality criteria. Concern has been expressed, somewhat ironically, about the quality of quality rating bodies and systems themselves. For example, Hernández-Borges et al (1999), in a study looking at the rating criteria of a number of systems, found that only three gave information about their own editorial boards – despite attribution, authority and openness generally being stated criteria for evaluating medical sites.

Nearly 40% of users had not used the kiosk in the past six months. Clearly users were not coming back regularly to use the kiosk, but this might be because surgeries were not locations that users returned to on a regular basis. Sixty % of respondents made three or fewer visits to the surgery in a year and this meant that it was difficult to build a pattern of repeat behaviour. Use Kiosks were a novel way for most people to retrieve information/find help and therefore it is very important to review trends in use.

Friedewald cited a survey by Medem and the American Medical Association, to prove this is already happening. This showed a 200 percent annual increase in physicians’ use of email to communicate with patients, greater physician interest in building practice-related websites and stronger belief in website potential to educate patients. All these phenomena indicated that physicians might be exploiting the Internet to an ever-greater extent. Finally, Poensgen and Larsson (2001) looked at the future impacts of the Internet on healthcare in Germany and Sweden.

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