New publication on 'eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities' issued by Johns Hopkins expert

Baltimore 02 January 2008Michael Christopher Gibbons, MD, MPH, Associate Director at Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI,)Director at the Center for Community Health (CCH), and Assistant Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions has recently published a new book on eHealth, which has been edited by Springer and is titled "eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities".


Paralleling emerging trends in cyber-health technology, concerns are mounting about racial and ethnic disparities in health care utilization and outcomes. "eHealth Solutions for Health Care Disparities" brings these currents 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.

Chapters go well beyond the possibilities of the Electronic Medical Record to discuss emerging roles for information technology in promoting healthful behaviour changes - e.g., nutrition, weight loss, smoking cessation, disease prevention - e.g., cancer, HIV, and health care utilization, patient education and medicine compliance. The rise of e-Patients and the transformation of the doctor-patient relationship are also discussed. Opportunities for Web based products and interventions are explored in terms of tracking disparities, improving health care utilization and health outcomes, reducing disparities and monitoring trends among patients, whether they have Internet capabilities or not.

The book's highlights include:

  • Why health care gaps still exist: individual, provider, and systemic factors.
  • Discussions on how social "nonmedical" determinants of health profoundly impact health care outcomes and how technology can help address these challenges.
  • What information technology can bring to the social sciences, behavioural sciences, Public Health and health care services.
  • Current strategies in eHealth, public health informatics, and medical informatics.
  • Technological disparities, and what can be done to reduce them.
  • New paradigms in disparity research.
  • The potential for eHealth in health care policy.

For public health professionals, health care administrators, health information technology (HIT) policy experts and informaticians as well as graduate students in health behaviours, health promotion, and social epidemiology, "eHealth Solutions for Health Care Disparities" is a lucid map for an increasingly digital future.

The contents includes four sections:

  • Section 1:
    • An Overview of Healthcare Disparities.
    • Provider factors in Healthcare disparities.
    • Patient Factors in Healthcare Disparities.
    • Healthcare system factors in Healthcare Disparities.
    • The Social "nonmedical" Determinants of Health.
  • Section 2:
    • The Role of the Internet in American Life.
    • The iHealth Revolution.
    • Digital Disparities.
  • Section 3:
    • The role of eHealth in patient Engagement and Quality Improvement.
    • Medical Informatics.
    • Public Health Informatics.
  • Section 4:
    • Beyond Traditional Paradigms in Disparities Research.
    • Health Information Technology Policy Perspectives and Healthcare Disparities.
    • Disparities and eHealth: Achieving the Promise and the Potential.

  • eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-72814-8
  • Price: $69,95
  • Copyright: 2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Springer - Order Department - PO Box 2485 - Secaucus, NJ 07096-2485 - Tel.: 1-800-SPRINGER - Fax: +1-201-348-4505

Leslie Versweyveld

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