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Patient Empowerment: A Two Way Road


This paper will deal with the patient related aspects of e-Health. The use of computing and networking has become an essential element in recent and future developments in health and care. Devices that lead to self-management, access to electronic records, decision support, social networks and social media are some of the major aspects. The production and availability of data and information will lead to a paradigm shift in the physician-patient relationship based on the addition of their respective experiences. To make this into a relationship of trust requires insight into the needs of both patients and caregivers. How do caregivers deal with possible knowledgeable patients; how can they assist to increase the patient’s knowledge; how will they (have to) react to patient record access. On the other hand, what will be the responsibility of the knowledgeable patient; what are his rights to be informed.

Bos L. Patient Empowerment: A Two Way Road. In: Wickramasinghe N, Bali R, Suomi R, Kirn S, editors. Critical Issues for the Development of Sustainable E-health Solutions. New York, NY: Springer New York; 2011. p. 203–27.Available from: http://www.springerlink.com/content/lu632h8l2776gu7u/

4 January 2012

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Patient Empowerment: A Two Way Road


Bos, Lodewijk


Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age (2011)






10.1007/978-1-4614-1536-7_14 (Abstract)


eHealth, Electronic Health Records, mHealth, Patient Empowerment, Social Media, Telemedicine

Bos L. Patient Empowerment: A Two Way Road. In: Wickramasinghe N, Bali R, Suomi R, Kirn S, editors. Critical Issues for the Development of Sustainable E-health Solutions. New York, NY: Springer New York; 2011. p. 203–27.Available from: http://www.springerlink.com/content/lu632h8l2776gu7u/

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