More information is becoming publicly available on the Internet. The amount of consumers seeking for information over the Internet continues to grow. This demand increases the risk of privacy invasion, which is a major security concern for health information technology professionals. Subsequently, HIT professionals need to ensure the quality and integrity of this data.
Medical education never ends, sharing and integrating information across the world promises a more efficient future for healthcare. Virtual environments have been useful training grounds for medical professionals, students, and health consumers. Some examples of this can be viewed in our wiki. Now better informed patients, medical records that inform and teach, and electronic sources of reliable, well presented information make it easier to make informed decisions on problems presented in primary care.
Consumer Health Informatics & Telehealth
By Dr. Khaled Ouanes Ph.D.