The Evolving Face of TeleMedicine & E-Health: Opening Doors and Closing Gaps in E-Health Services Opportunities & Challenges
36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the (2003)
Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 6, 2003 to Jan. 9, 2003
H. Joseph Wen , Illinois State University
Joseph Tan , Wayne State University
Despite the growing number of e-health websites that are dedicated to health education and information therapy, healthcare provider organizations have been slow in embarking on significant e-commerce ventures to improve the delivery of healthcare services to patients and consumers in geographically dispersed communities. More specifically, hospitals and health provider organizations tend to use static websites that supply information, but have not made major investments in interactive technologies to engage patients and healthcare consumers more actively. In this paper, we survey a number of key participants in the e-health marketplace and the technologies that these players have employed to date. Not surprisingly, we found that opportunities abound to change the face of telemedicine and e-health in terms of improving efficiencies, developing new markets, reducing costs, and enhancing the quality and value of health services delivery. Evidently, today?s Internet savvy consumers have become more informed as well as more demanding than ever and the healthcare industry must respond in kind. We therefore conclude that the healthcare industry faces significant challenges in closing the gaps of e-health services delivery to meet the desires and needs of a growing population of sophisticated healthcare consumers.
e-commerce, e-health, health education, information therapy, interactive technologies
H. J. Wen and J. Tan, "The Evolving Face of TeleMedicine & E-Health: Opening Doors and Closing Gaps in E-Health Services Opportunities & Challenges," 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the(HICSS), Big Island, Hawaii, 2003, pp. 172b.