Online Health Information Exchange and Privacy

The emergence of the Internet as an important source for health information and exchange provides new opportunities and challenges for patients and providers alike. Telemedicine, e-mail, e-health records, and online support groups are all contexts where health information is exchanged in mediated settings. This entry reviews contexts for online health information exchange and addresses concerns related to disclosure, anonymity, and data security that are relevant in these interactions.

Online Health Exchange Contexts

There are several contexts where health information is exchanged through mediated processes. Many of these exchanges access the Internet via traditional computer interfaces, yet others incorporate video technology, and still others utilize mobile communication technology such as “smart” phones or tablets. The first of these contexts is concerned with the doctor–patient interaction. Telemedicine connects patients ...

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