eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities

eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities

by Michael Christopher Gibbons
     
 

Paralleling emerging trends in cyber-health technology, concerns are mounting about racial and ethnic disparities in health care utilization and outcomes. This book brings these themes together, challenging readers to use, promote, and develop new technology-based methods for closing these gaps. Edited by a leading urban health advocate and featuring 16 expert

Overview

Paralleling emerging trends in cyber-health technology, concerns are mounting about racial and ethnic disparities in health care utilization and outcomes. This book brings these themes together, challenging readers to use, promote, and develop new technology-based methods for closing these gaps. Edited by a leading urban health advocate and featuring 16 expert contributors, the book examines cyber-strategies with the greatest potential toward effective, equitable care, improved service delivery and better health outcomes for all. The rise of e-Patients and the transformation of the doctor-patient relationship are also discussed.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Florin Oprescu, MD, MPH (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This book addresses two important subjects in healthcare: health disparities and electronic technologies.
Purpose: According to the author, the book is intended to bring together the field of information technology and the field of population health sciences. The objectives are worthy, yet they are only marginally met.
Audience: The intended audience includes public health professionals, healthcare administrators, informaticians, and graduate students. However, it appears to me the audience is primarily researchers in the field of health disparities and electronic health technologies.
Features: Of the 165 pages in this book, 129, or 78 percent, present introductory information (health disparities, the role of the Internet in healthcare and eHealth technologies), with the remaining 36 pages (22 percent) serving directly the stated purpose of the book. The content is logically organized, yet the transition between chapters leaves much room for improvement. Each chapter feels like an independent literature review, with some chapters (6-8) having too little evidence-based support.
Assessment: The book provides a valuable literature review of health disparities in the U.S. and of the role of the Internet and other electronic technologies in healthcare. However, it only marginally accomplishes its stated purpose. More evidence-based support is needed in some chapters and the fourth section that brings everything together could benefit by being expanded with more specific recommendations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441924971
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
10/29/2010
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Christopher Gibbons is Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute and Assistant Professor of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was recently elected President of the International Society for Urban Health.

One of Gibbons’s research interests is the development of effective health interventions to reduce health disparities. He is the founding director of the Center for Community Health Education, Advocacy and Leadership Training at Hopkins (HEALTH), is a member of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and was named a Health Disparities Scholar by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.

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