HEALTH INFORMATION RETRIEVAL AND USAGE AMONG THE ELDERLY - Potential use of the Internet and Personal Health Records in Health Awareness and Accountability

Dennis Cheung

Abstract

As North America anticipates an increase in the number of individuals expected to retire and fall into the group of “older adults,” questions are raised regarding Canada’s healthcare system and its ability to deal with this surge in consumption of resources. As the population ages, so too will the demands placed on the current medical work force thus creating a shortage of medical practitioners available. By utilizing information technologies such as personal health records (PHRs) and the internet, it is believed that this can leverage some of the burden away from Canada’s healthcare system. By creating awareness and accountability among this aging population through the use of ICT (information communication technologies), cultural and behavioural changes in how this population consumes healthcare resources may be altered. Not only are behaviours being changed due to ICT, but the way in which consumers are utilizing resources and knowledge are also shifting. As the medical community is shifting away from the illness model to that of a more patient centered one, it is important to understand the value of ICT solutions in the prevention and continued well being of a patient in an economy where resources are scarce.

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Cheung D. (2011). HEALTH INFORMATION RETRIEVAL AND USAGE AMONG THE ELDERLY - Potential use of the Internet and Personal Health Records in Health Awareness and Accountability . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2011) ISBN 978-989-8425-34-8, pages 205-212. DOI: 10.5220/0003144702050212


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@conference{healthinf11,
author={Dennis Cheung},
title={HEALTH INFORMATION RETRIEVAL AND USAGE AMONG THE ELDERLY - Potential use of the Internet and Personal Health Records in Health Awareness and Accountability},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2011)},
year={2011},
pages={205-212},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003144702050212},
isbn={978-989-8425-34-8},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2011)
TI - HEALTH INFORMATION RETRIEVAL AND USAGE AMONG THE ELDERLY - Potential use of the Internet and Personal Health Records in Health Awareness and Accountability
SN - 978-989-8425-34-8
AU - Cheung D.
PY - 2011
SP - 205
EP - 212
DO - 10.5220/0003144702050212