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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Levy, MD (Cyberplus)
Description: This book is a comprehensive overview of the use of new electronic technologies, especially the Internet, for healthcare delivery.
Purpose: Described are the strategies and services of electronic communication transactions, e-healthcare destinations, and e-care delivery. Each chapter is focused on a current aspect of healthcare delivery and how new technologies, especially the Internet, will affect and improve this delivery. With over 24 million U.S. adults surfing the Internet for health related information, healthcare deliverers must learn to embrace this new technology. This book is an excellent resource for learning about the future impact of e-health as well as developing strategies for using e-health for patient care.
Audience: This book is written for individual physicians, healthcare executives, healthcare institution representatives, and others interested in adopting new healthcare delivery technology. The editor has authored many healthcare related books, articles, and websites, and he uses several credible contributors in this book in order to address the disparate needs of a wide audience.
Features: The contributors cover all aspects of e-health care delivery that affect patients, providers, pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, payers, and lawyers. Additional chapters include discussions of the Internet impact on alternative medicine, disease management, telemedicine, electronic medical records, and the explosion of resources for women. Excellent use of current statistics, website examples, case stories, and strategies lend to improved understanding of the current and future e-health trends. The book does not include detailed discussion of the "Digital Divide" (access to the new technologies by underserved populations).
Assessment: The editor and his contributors provide an outstanding, comprehensive discussion of e-health today and in the future. Many other sources may cover isolated e-health topics, but this book is an excellent summary of most of the future e-health trends in one place.