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Healthcare Quality and Cost Transparency Using Web-Based Tools

Healthcare Quality and Cost Transparency Using Web-Based Tools
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Author(s): Jiao Ma (Saint Louis University, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 14
Source title: Patient-Centered E-Health
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): E. Vance Wilson (Arizona State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-016-5.ch011

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Abstract

This chapter explores the use of Web sites to provide patients with understandable information about the quality and price of healthcare (healthcare transparency). Our first objective is to discuss patients’ perceptions of empowerment and need for quality and cost information when choosing medical providers and facilities for healthcare procedures. To meet this objective, we address issues of patient awareness of sources of healthcare quality and cost information, perceived responsibility for managing healthcare costs, and knowledge of appropriate actions to exercise choice of providers. Our second objective is to investigate the potential of Web-based tools, which provide healthcare quality and cost information, to facilitate patients’ decision-making processes regarding choice of provider for healthcare services, particularly common outpatient procedures. To meet this second objective, we use insights from usercentered design procedures (e.g., focus groups and in-depth interviews) associated with the development of a healthcare transparency Web-based tool.

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