By Darrell M. West
Details know-how has dramatically replaced the best way we are living our lives in components starting from trade and leisure to vote casting. Now, coverage advocates and executive officers wish to convey the advantages of info expertise to well-being care. Governments, hospitals, medical professionals, and pharmaceutical brands have put an important volume of clinical details, info, and companies on-line lately. many shoppers can stopover at health and wellbeing division websites and examine functionality info on future health care prone. a few physicians inspire sufferers to take advantage of electronic mail or net messaging in place of mobile calls or in-office visits for easy scientific matters. more and more, scientific apparatus and prescription drug brands are making their items to be had on-line. but regardless of this progress in task, the promise of e-health continues to be principally unfulfilled. "Digital drugs" investigates the criteria restricting the power of electronic know-how to remake health and wellbeing care within the usa and around the globe. What political, social, and moral demanding situations are provided by means of on-line future health care? How are racial, ethnic, and different disparities restricting the e-health revolution? How obtainable are health-related net web content to the disabled, these at easy or under easy degrees of literacy, or with restricted English talent? Are there modifications among web pages subsidized by way of public, deepest and nonprofit organisations that restrict know-how usage? How will we shut the disparity hole and care for conflicts of curiosity that give a contribution to mistrust within the details provided? Darrell West and Edward Miller study a number of information resources, together with unique survey learn and web site research, to review the content material of future health care-related web pages, sponsorship prestige, public utilization, and the connection among e-health usage and attitudes approximately overall healthiness care in the US. additionally they learn the several ways that officers in different international locations have applied overall healthiness details expertise. via drawing on those reports, "Digital medication" is helping us comprehend health and wellbeing care details innovation in a number of political, social, and financial settings.
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S. case studies of health information technology to determine what works and what does not in the area of health information technology. S. study. We study websites to see how they handle privacy and security, whether sites can be accessed by people with physical impairments and non-native speakers, and whether sites accept commercial advertising. S. examples, we study how officials in various countries have implemented health information technology. Asian and European countries, for example, have placed a tremendous amount of health 17 18 THE E-HEALTH REVOLUTION information online using high-speed broadband technology that allows them to read X-rays, CT scans, and other materials included in electronic health records at a distance, thereby improving the speed and quality of health care delivery.
Some sites do not present themselves as commercial in nature even when they are, and most seek to raise their visibility and traffic level by appearing to present clear, objective, and noncommercial information. Some for-profit sites even masquerade as nonprofit sites through unclear disclosure of their sponsors. To help consumers judge online information, policy advocates have proposed adoption of a code of conduct for web portals. 10 Websites that meet those standards are allowed to place the HON seal of approval—designed to be similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval—on the site.
DISCLOSURE OF SPONSORS Nearly all health care websites disclose the sponsor of the page. With state government sites, it is obvious that the site is operated by the public sector; these sites feature the state emblem and offer links to official government agencies. Meanwhile, nonpublic—commercial or nonprofit—sites feature an “About Us” link that tells the user what entity sponsors the site and what its activities are. ONLINE CONTENT AND SPONSORSHIP However, with nonpublic sites, the level of detail in the disclosure is weak.
Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era by Darrell M. West