Running head: TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH CARE
Technology and Health Care
University of Phoenix
May 28, 2013
Health Care and Technology
Healthcare is a growing industry that has evolved over the years. The rapid growth of modern technology has impacted the health care system as a whole placing emphasis on quality of care, health care payments systems, access to care and the overall patient experience. Use of technology has simplified the health care delivery system for both the patient and medical facilities while identifying various trends within the health care system as well as potential areas for improvement. “Without doubt, medical technology is indispensable for people's health and better quality of life in some areas; and contributes billions of dollars to the economy” (Ong and Tan, 2002). Use of the internet, tele-health and other clinical health information systems have allowed patients to take control of their health while offering a number of benefits such as “access to provider education, a reduction in cost, time and travel, in addition to a reduced number of referrals, outpatient consultation and emergency room visits" (Vo, 2008). Internet health services systems like WebMD have encouraged patients to analyze their own healthy lifestyle choices and increase the quality of their lives. This paper will analyze what WebMD is, how it has impacted quality of care, access to care and cost. In addition this paper will place emphasis on how WebMD has impacted technology in health care from a social, economic and ethical standpoint. WebMD is a health information service system that was established in 1996 by Jim Clark and Pavan Nigam. WebMD is a public internet services site that offers information to its consumers regarding health, health care services such as a symptom checklist that allows the consumer to input current symptoms to determine the patient’s possible illness (WebMD, 2013). In addition WebMD...
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