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Health Information Provision on the Web via Comparison-Shopping: A Preliminary Investigation

Health Information Provision on the Web via Comparison-Shopping: A Preliminary Investigation
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Author(s): Yun Wan (University of Houston–Victoria, USA) and Susan Evans (Patient Account Services–Houston, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 3
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch254
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

The public access to health service information is critical for the general welfare of the society. In the United States, there are many efforts being spent by the government and independent non-profit organizations on improving the quality and accessibility of such information. Recently, comparison-shopping as an innovative way to increase the efficacy of health service information access is emerging. Depending on the geographic location, an individual could conduct comparison-shopping on health service information ranging from health insurance cost, service quality of hospitals and physicians, to price of prescription drugs.

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