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Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, 14th Edition by Jennifer H. Meadows, August E. Grant

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eHealth

Heidi D. Campbell, Ph.D.*

 

Why study eHealth?

  • Between 70–75% of U.S. adults look online for health information (Aitken, 2014).

  • eHealth or digital health funding surpassed $1.9 billion in 2013, growing 39% from the previous year and more than doubling since 2011 (Tecco, 2014a).

  • The number of hospitals and office-based physicians who have adopted eHealth records has nearly tripled since 2010 (RWJF, 2013).

  • Mobile healthcare and medical app downloads are expected to reach 142 million by 2016 (Cox, 2012).

Introduction

When was the last time you were at the doctor, the emergency room, or other healthcare provider? When you were there, how many encounters with technology did you have? Did you fill out patient information ...

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