Digital health information for the consumer: evidence and by David Nicholas, Paul Huntington, Peter Williams

By David Nicholas, Paul Huntington, Peter Williams

This targeted booklet attracts on study that constituted the 1st significant national assessment of the use and impression of key electronic healthiness details structures that have been supplied to hundreds of thousands of well-being shoppers within the united kingdom. The authors supply the 1st complete and specified comparability of utilization and influence of the 3 significant ICT structures providing future health info - the web, touch-screen kiosks and electronic interactive tv. It offers an in depth reference resource on how healthiness shoppers behave while on-line, no matter if this differs in response to electronic platform or kind of person, how clients understand electronic well-being prone and what overall healthiness merits those companies convey. The ebook could be worthwhile analyzing for all these drawn to electronic future health details - scholars, lecturers, future health policy-makers and data managers.

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It was estimated that kiosks situated in surgeries had a reach figure of about 17%, that is approximately 17% of registered patients would have used the kiosk at one time or another. The figure is obviously lower if one includes non-patients who also visited the surgery – parents accompanying their children or, in some cases, visiting the premises simply to pick up prescriptions. The figure for hospitals was more difficult to interpret. Here the potential audience may be either short or long stay or day patients.

Either a falling off or a relative stable use pattern followed each growth period. 2 InTouch kiosks – weekly use (page views) of 36 kiosks (November 1996 to April 2000) Health Kiosks 37 The swings in use were higher at the beginning of a kiosk’s life, and this was true for all the kiosks. The underlying pattern for individual kiosks was one of strong initial interest followed by a waning, and followed in turn by a steady to upward trend. However, there were differences in the patterns of use for different kiosks.

Oldham NHS Trust installed a number of kiosks throughout the hospital in order to provide public access to quality health information which also included sections in Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu and Chinese. Edinburgh Royal Infirmary: Two kiosks were placed in the information centre and the A&E department. The subjects covered by the kiosk included national and local health services, Medical Conditions, Surgical Operations, Support Groups, Healthy Travel and Healthy Living topics. Thousands of individual topics were covered and fact sheets could be printed for each one.

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