internet and health carehow internet access improved our health care 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think the internet makes us feel more in control.  We can go to the doctor already having some information about what we might have.  I agree with others that there is a danger there too. 

I also think the internet makes a big difference in terms of doctors and HMOs being online.  We can make appointments, ask our doctors questions, and view test results.  This empowers us.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I think that internet has definitely provided more information on health than was ever available before. I fear that sometimes this leads to self-diagnosing and many people putting off trips to the doctor because they feel that they can find out what they need to do to care for themselves on a web site instead.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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While I don't know that there is a direct relationship between the quality of health care patients receive and the Internet, the web has certainly helped individuals be more informed about their health. One advantage of the Internet is that someone who has been experiencing abnormal health issues can first go to the web and seek out helpful questions to ask his or her doctor so that perhaps the doctor will be able to make a diagnosis in a more timely manner. The disadvantage of all the medical information on the Internet is that some people do not check the reputations of the sites they visit, or some individuals use the Internet to diagnose themselves rather than seeking medical care.

A second advantage of the Internet in relation to health is that it has the potential to bring people with similar interests and ailments together. Parents of a child with a rare disease can often find other parents--perhaps across the globe--who are struggling with the same problems. Moreover, the Internet has provided an easy way for humans to raise funds for medical charities.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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There is access to much more health information, an it makes for an easier connection between insurance companies, pharmacists, doctors and patients than was possible before.  In theory, this makes it so the system is more efficient and so patients can get better access to care.  I would say it has added as much misinformation as it has added information.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't think it's improved things as much as it should, but it does help.

Lots of reputable medical centers or government agencies, etc have their websites where you can go and get legitimate information about sicknesses and treatments and other topics such as how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  This helps greatly because it allows us access to lots of information for keeping us healthy.

I think it should be better still, though.  There should be ways that you can email your doctor about quick questions, for example.  I think this would cut the number of doctor visits that people have to have and would help us stay healthier on a day to day basis.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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It depends on how it is used internet in this case.

There is a lot of information concerning health care, available on internet but it is very important to realize that only a doctor and medical investigation methods could evaluate our state of health, at a specific moment of time.

Yes, it is true that digitized personal health records have improved the self management of chronic diseases like: cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure etc., but continuous education of the patient concerning symptoms, medication and side effects, has not be neglected, at all.

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