Tapping into the “e-Patient”

One of my favourite sources of information on Consumer eHealth is Pew Internet.  They regularly research the impact of the Internet in various of aspects of everyday life including health.   Given the tarnished “eHealth” brand, I think that there are some powerful messages from a recent Pew Internet study:

http://ehr.healthcareitnews.com/blog/e-patients-plugged-and-waiting-1

Citizens, in my view, are ready, willing, and able to use the Internet to research health related topics.  I strongly suggest that the eHealth community (including gov’t policymakers) make better use of the Internet to inform and to gather feedback regarding eHealth plans and to demonstrate the value that investments to date are delivering.   Check out the Pew Internet study as it contains some detailed data on use of the Internet for health related purposes.

Mike

 

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