The Internet and Health Communication: Experiences and Expectations

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With the popularity of the Internet, more and more people are turning to their computers for health information, advice, support and services. With its information based firmly on research, The Internet and Health Communication provides an in-depth analysis of the changes in human communication and health care resulting from the Internet revolution. Representing a wide range of expertise, the contributors provide an extensive variety of examples from the micro to the macro, including information about HMO web ...

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Overview

With the popularity of the Internet, more and more people are turning to their computers for health information, advice, support and services. With its information based firmly on research, The Internet and Health Communication provides an in-depth analysis of the changes in human communication and health care resulting from the Internet revolution. Representing a wide range of expertise, the contributors provide an extensive variety of examples from the micro to the macro, including information about HMO web sites, Internet pharmacies, and web-enabled hospitals, to vividly illustrate their findings and conclusions.

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Despite its daily use of advanced computer systems, the medical field is far behind the general business world in its integration with the Internet. The editors of this volume point out some of the many benefits to be gained by the easier exchange of information, including the quicker discovery of disease patterns, keeping health care workers trained in the latest techniques and streamlining the management of healthcare organizations. But, they admit, there are many obstacles, including the formidable task of maintaining patient privacy. This book, aimed at students, policy makers and health care administrators, discusses these and other issues concerning the meeting of the Internet and the healthcare world, with nineteen articles divided into five broad categories: an overview of experiences and expectations of healthcare on the Internet, online medical information, developing and evaluating health information sites, health e-commerce, and public policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761922322
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/17/2000
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.04 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald E. Rice (Ph.D. & M.A., Stanford University; B.A., Columbia University) is both the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at UC, Santa Barbara. He has been elected divisional officer in the International Communication Association and the Academy of Management, elected President and Fellow of the ICA, awarded a Fulbright Award to Finland, appointed as Wee Kim Wee Professor and then University Professor of the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal. He has co-authored or co-edited ten books, including The New Media: Communication, Research and Technology (1984), and The Internet and Health Communication (2001), both also with SAGE. He is widely published in communication science, public communication campaigns, computer-mediated communication systems, methodology, organizational and management theory, information systems, information science and bibliometrics, and social networks.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. I An Overview of Experiences and Expectations 1
1 The Internet and Health Communication: A Framework of Experiences 5
2 The Future of the Internet in Health Care: A Five-Year Forecast 47
Pt. II Sources of and Experiences With Online Medical Information 75
3 Consumer Use of Medical Information From Electronic and Paper Media: A Literature Review 79
4 Assessments of Quality of Health Care Information and Referrals to Physicians: A Nationwide Survey 99
5 Use of the Internet for Professional Purposes: A Survey of New Jersey Physicians 107
6 Expectations and Experiences of Seeking Infertility Information via the Internet and the Telephone Directory 121
Pt. III Experiences Developing and Evaluating Health Information Sites 145
7 Using the Web to Assist Communities in Public Health Campaign Planning: A Case Study of the REACT Project 147
8 Evaluating a Federal Health-Related Web Site: A Multimethod Perspective on Medicare.gov 167
9 A Pound of Cure: A Content Analysis of Health Information on Web Sites of Top-Ranked HMOs 189
10 A Comparative Features Analysis of Publicly Accessible Commercial and Government Health Database Web Sites 213
Pt. IV Experiences of Online Health Communities and of Organizations Moving to E-Commerce 233
11 Experiencing Empathy Online 237
12 The Role of the Organization in the Success of Web-Based Continuing Medical Education Programs 261
13 Improving Diabetes Care With Telecomputing Technology 287
14 Web-Enabled Hospitals in the United States: Influences on Adoption Processes 309
15 Competitive Collaboration in Australia's Pharmaceutical Industry 329
Pt. V Public Policy Experiences and Expectations 351
16 ehealth: Federal Issues and Approaches 355
17 Old Wine in Silicon Prescription Bottles: Some Legal Issues, Benefits, and Disadvantages Associated With Internet Pharmacies 385
18 Networked Communication Practices and the Security and Privacy of Electronic Health Care Records 393
19 Concluding Thoughts 417
Appendix 431
Index 433
About the Editors 449
About the Contributors 451
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