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E-Health: A New Framework for the Patient-Physician Relationship

E-Health: A New Framework for the Patient-Physician Relationship
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Author(s): Susana Lorenzo (Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón, Spain), Gilberto Llinas (Miguel Hernandez University, Spain), Jose J. Mira (Miguel Hernandez University, Spain) and Emilio Ignacio (Universidad de Cadiz, Spain)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 10
Source title: E-Health Systems Quality and Reliability: Models and Standards
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece) and Anastasia N. Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-843-8.ch004

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Abstract

E-health does not only imply technological progress but also a new framework for improving citizens’ health. E-health has many strong points, which include clinical applications, and training devices. Health websites have a tremendous impact, as they increase accessibility to health information. Therefore, they encourage patients in becoming a prudent actor who decides where to go and what to do. However, many patients are not familiar with the precise meaning of e-health, which varies with the context in which the term is used. Moreover, they are not familiar with terms associated with e-health. Nevertheless, the Internet might contribute towards patient-centeredness, as patients might get their first opinion from the Internet. However, websites should meet reliability and comprehensiveness requirements.

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