The Internet and Health Communication: Experiences and Expectations

The Internet and Health Communication: Experiences and Expectations

by Ronald E. Rice, James E. Katz
     
 

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

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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761922322
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/17/2000
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (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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