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.

Improving Diabetes Care with Telecomputing Technology

Improving Diabetes Care with Telecomputing Technology

Improving diabetes care with telecomputing technology
Richard L.StreetJr.Veronica K.Piziak

The use of the Internet to communicate with others and search for information is increasing at a staggering pace. In 1990, an estimated 1.1 million people had access to the Internet. By the year 2001, the Internet will likely reach 707 million users worldwide (Flory & Wayne-Doppke, 1997). Of importance in this study, approximately 43% of Internet users in the United States have been identified as “HealthMed Retrievers,” individuals going online to seek health information, support, and medical advice (Brown, 1998).

Given the growing public interest in using telecomputing technology to satisfy health-related needs, it is somewhat surprising that health care providers have been reluctant to use the Internet and World Wide Web ...

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