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.

The Future of the Internet in Health Care: A Five-Year Forecast

The Future of the Internet in Health Care: A Five-Year Forecast

The future of the internet in health care: A five-year forecast
RobertMittmanMaryCain

The use of the Internet in health care has attracted a lot of attention lately. Numerous publications from the New York Times to the Journal of the American Medical Association have featured stories on how consumers are finding medical information on the Web and changing the balance of power in the practice of medicine. Health care practitioners are also using the Internet—to keep up in their fields, to communicate with patients, and to consult with each other. But there is a dark side to Internet medicine. Inspiring stories of lives saved through the Internet get equal billing with hair-raising tales of Web-based quackery. What ...

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