As you may have discovered from reading my blog or my Healthcare Information Management & Communication Canada articles or listening to me present at a conference, I am ardent advocate of consumer eHealth applications. It seems that evidence is emerging to support my unabashed promotion of Consumer eHealth. According to a Government Health IT news item,
research conducted by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality indicates that “consumer health information technology tools hold ‘significant’ promise for improving outcomes across a variety of diseases and health conditions”.
According to a study published October 22nd,
“Available literature suggests that select consumer health informatics applications may effectively engage consumers, enhance traditional clinical interventions, and improve both intermediate and clinical health outcomes”.
Researchers involved in the study recommend exploring the role of Web 2.0 tools, social networking and health gaming technology in health outcomes.