Future of Health Care?


There is a change going on in how we treat health issues. For a long period of time, you would have to go to a physician. This is time consuming and costs a lot of money. This is changing by eHealth. This is a very broad term, it comes down to “the usage of new online and communication technology to improve health and healthcare.” In most cases this comes down to chatsessions with trained physicians and healthcare apps.

There are numerous examples already as this industry is now entering the growth stage in product life cycle stage. There is for example an app called Robbin which helps women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a devastating experience for most women. This app allows women to find fellow sufferers to help each other with sharing experience and supporting each other in these bad times. Also it provides exercises and insights from positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. These exercises and insights have been proven to reduce stress and depression.

There are a lot of advantages. The cost of health can drop significantly as the physician is no longer needed or can help more patients at the same time. Also it will be easier for people to find help if they need it as they can decide the time and location of the treatment. This medium also provides its users anonymity.

There are some disadvantages. The credibility of the security is sometimes at issue, everyone can make an app. As well the privacy and confidentiality of the users will be at stake.

What about you? Will you trust an app for your treatment or will you only trust your physician?

 

Sources:

https://www.metrobbin.nl/

http://nos.nl/artikel/2061892-vaker-therapie-via-de-mobiele-telefoon.html

Andrews, G., and Titov, N. (2010). Treating people you never see: internet-based treatment of the internalising mental disorders. Aust. Health Review 34, 144–147.

http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-244X-14-109.pdf

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2 responses to “Future of Health Care?”

  1. 437320mg says :

    I can read from your post that all in all you are an advocate for eHealth. And even though I agree with the benefits it can provide for patients, especially to lift up their spirits by talking to people who undergo the same treatment. I however think you dismiss the disadvantages of eHealth by addressing them only very brief in your blog. Privacy issues and hacks of the software are definitely a danger with eHealth. You have probably seen all the discussion around the electronic patient system in the Netherlands. If insurance companies or employers could see all your medical information as a result of a hack, they might charge you a higher fee or decide not to employ you because of risks associated with a health condition.

    But privacy issues might not even be the biggest problem. The biggest barrier to eHealth is the difficulty for patients to find accurate and reliable information. According to Dutta-Bergman (2004), the two main challenges of eHealth quality are the credibility of the source and the information inclusiveness. Medical information provided by a source which is not reliable, for example by people without a medical degree might be very harmful for the patient. Especially when this information will keep patients from seeing a medical specialists earlier. Also, unless health information is complete, it is likely to mislead the consumer into making incorrect decisions. This completeness of health information is considered the most essential condition in health care decision making (Dutta-Bergman, 2004).

    However, initiatives have come started with public health institutions in an attempt to control this environment which offer stamps of approval to internet sites which have a high quality of information. These initiatives are a nice start to structure the health information online. And will hopefully create a better eHealth environment.

  2. 437320mg says :

    Oh and of course the source:
    10.Dutta-Bergman, M. (2004). The impact of completeness and Web use motivation on the credibility of e-health information. Journal of Communication, 54(2), 253-269.

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