Allbooks Review International
The Internet is always in a state of evolution as it increases its presence in our everyday lives. The Internet has many different functions: that of entertainment, of communication, and of information. People around the world depend on the Internet more and more for all of the above functions. But when we think of the Internet, do we really think about health care?
Many people do, in fact, use the Internet to search for information: about diseases, about treatments, or about alternative treatments. People also use it for communication with support groups. However, do we ever think about interacting with our doctor over the Internet? In fact, there is a move towards online doctoring – through e-mail and video conferencing. With this trend, there are security issues, telephobias and tele-addictions, and a big, wide, open sea with no clear start point.
This is where Peter Yellowlees book will become useful. It is an excellent resource for those who are starting to, or currently are, using the Internet for health care. The book is organized into chapters, with subsequent sub-headings, touching on everything from the changing face of healthcare, to searching the web and changing the ways that doctor’s work. At the end of each chapter, there is a summary of points of what was discussed in that chapter. Throughout the book, there are website addresses, which are useful starting websites to aid people in the research about a particular illness or related topics. At the conclusion of the book, there is a long list of useful resources for additional reading on different topics related to the book.
Peter Yellowlees is a doctor, who has lived in the UK, Australia and the USA. He currently works for the University of California Davis. He is internationally recognised as an expert on healthcare over the Internet.
This book is definitely worth a read if you have ever researched health over the Internet, or are considering participating in e-Health.
Recommended by: Margaret Orford, Allbooks Review.
July 1st 2009 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, see the excellent positive review that includes the following:
Your Health in the Information Age "takes on the monumental task of offering an excellent exploration of the exponentially expanding world of e-health for readers already searching health information on the internet as well as for relative newbies".
"given the immense scope of the Internet, this book offers an in-depth commentary on all aspects of e-health"
Your Health in the Information Age "is an academic and insightful look into the exciting and nascent world of online health care. Whatever your views on the flaws and failures of the US health care system, you have to admit that things are changing. Make no mistake: online care is a game changer"
Go to: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/302/1/95