E-health: Transforming the physician/patient relationship

Marion J. Ball, Jennifer Lillis

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Healthcare delivery is being transformed by advances in e-health and by the empowered, computer-literate public. Ready to become partners in their own health and to take advantage of online processes, health portals, and physician web pages and e-mail, this new breed of consumer is slowly redefining the physician/patient relationship. Such changes can effect positive results like improved clinical decision-making, increased efficiency, and strengthened communication between physicians and patients. First, however, physicians and the organizations that support them must fully understand their role in the e-health revolution. Both must advance their awareness of the new consumers and their needs and define specific action items that will help them realize the benefits of e-health. Through a combination of timely research and advice, this article will aid them in fulfilling both tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 15 2001


  • Consumer
  • Internet
  • Physician
  • e-health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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