Your Health and Information Technologies (PDF)
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A 200-page detailed exploration of the profound influence of information technologies on contemporary healthcare delivery, this e-book presents the emerging convergence of health and technology as a veritable driver of novel paradigm shifts in health services provision with significant impact on the health of the individual, in a factual, detailed, and interactive, yet readable style. Healthcare delivery is doubtless currently undergoing momentous changes. From the health problems of an aging population that most developed countries grapple with, to pervasive unmet healthcare needs in much of the developing world, to the growing threat of an avian flu pandemic, the increasing focus on health is universal. Soaring healthcare costs perplex rich and poor countries alike. Health reforms seem inevitably to be in perpetual motion as nations desperately seek answers to runaway health spending, justifiably concerned at the alarming rate it is chipping at the core of their economies. The prevalence of preventable diseases is rising, the result, increasing ill health, lengthening hospitalizations, escalating medications costs, and increasing overall health spending. Payer-concern about these developments manifests in massive lay-offs, the public, flustered by the increasing difficulty accessing health services, even affording them in the first place. Colorectal or bowel cancer for example, is the second major cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia, second only to lung cancer, someone dying of the disease every two hours, yet up to 75% of bowel cancer is preventable through regular exercise and a healthy diet. These seemingly benign measures could also help reduce the risks of a number of other diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases, all of which are causes of significant morbidities that could result in chronic illnesses, even premature deaths. They are also some of the most important causes of rising healthcare costs in many countries. Given the facts that despite likely genetic predisposition to some of these diseases, they are largely preventable by relatively simple measures, yet their prevalence is increasing, in fact, to epidemic proportions in some cases, it is hardly surprising the demoralization of many by our seeming helplessness in solving crucial health problems. Recent developments in the health and related industries and among healthcare stakeholders appear to have ushered in a new era of health services delivery, and to signal the resolve of all concerned to end this evident downward drift of global health affairs. This e-book is about this promising new direction that healthcare heads. It focuses on the issues, problems, processes, obstacles, and solutions, and on the key underlying role that health information technologies play in all of these, and in the interplay of a variety of factors influencing events in the health industry that seem to be propelling it in this new direction. The book also conjectures on the outcomes of this intercourse and on their chances within the context of relentless technological progress, of generating new factors in a continuous paradigm shift in tandem with the changing face of health and related issues. This e-book provides important information on developments in healthcare delivery. With its comprehensive, pertinent and current information on the state of healthcare delivery, and its antecedents, and how information technologies offer opportunities for fixing our health systems, this e-book is all about hope in the future of healthcare. The book also contains valuable information on progress in medical knowledge and healthcare information technologies, and the changes in the health and health insurance industries that follow thereof. The book would be of interest to not just individuals regardless of age and gender, but also healthcare professionals, health insurers, company executives and personnel, hospital administrators, executives and staff, government agencies, software and ICT vendors, and all other healthcare stakeholders.