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.