e-Health: A New Approach in Healthcare Practice
Vinod K. Podichetty M.D, M.S.
Robert S. Biscup, D.O., M.S.
Cleveland Clinic Florida Spine Institute
Podichetty VK, Biscup RS. e-Health: A New Approach in Healthcare Practice;
Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. July 2003.
Volume 1 Number 2.
The Internet offers an unprecedented opportunity for healthcare information
to be disseminated instantaneously. Quality of information, both scientific
and nonscientific, and the development of tools to disseminate information
securely via the Internet are the two most important issues related to
achieving effective and wider exchange of health information. For the first
time ever, information can be exchanged simultaneously and interactively
all around the world, with the potential of being equally available to
healthcare professionals as well as to patients. The big difference between
yesterday's knowledge-based patient care and that of tomorrow, is a fundamental
premise that patients will explore the web world with a desire to learn
more about their condition, including its treatment and prognosis. This
has evolved into the concept of e-health (Electronic Health). Evaluation
and examination of the information being conveyed via the Internet is important
and necessary in order for the Internet to be an effective tool in healthcare.
and terms: Internet, e-health, information quality,