Health Care and the Internet: Natural Partners

The internet and technology have altered healthcare

The internet and technology have altered healthcare

Health care and the Internet increasingly go hand in hand, capitalizing on the latest advancements in technology to improve and enhance health-care services. It is almost impossible to conceptualize the medical system today without the Internet and a modern lexicon that includes terms such as e-health, electronic health records, CAT scans and MRIs, digital medicine, big data management, telehealth, cloud-based analytics, biometrics, and other similar terms.

With scores of online websites such as WebMD, Dr. Google, and PatientsLikeMe, people all over the world have access to massive amounts of information about diseases, chronic illnesses, illness signs, symptoms, prevention and treatment options, alternative medicines, and therapies. Patients can share stories and experiences on online forums, receive peer or physician support and advice, participate in online self-directed therapy for specific disorders (i.e., quitting smoking and gambling addiction), and even access medical care via the web.

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