Health Portals

Health Portals

Daniel Carbone (Victoria University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-989-2.ch073
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Abstract

A lack of health services has long been the thorn in the side of many communities, especially rural and regional communities. The high costs of treating ever growing chronic and complex conditions in traditional settings, where rural allied health services providers are non-existent and doctors are already overcommitted, are prompting a shift in focus to more efficient technology driven delivery of health services. Moreover, these days it is also increasingly unlikely that health professionals will encounter patients who have not used information technology to influence their health knowledge, health behaviour, perception of symptoms, and illness behaviour.

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