Today, the Internet is one of the most useful tools for information, education, business, and entertainment. It is one of the modern technology tools giving us many applications. One of the most important applications of the Internet is the health educational Web sites. These sites can be used not only by researchers but also by everyone easily taking important information for continuing self-training. In the division of public health, this part is very important. Medical Web sites give us access to information about our health or about prevention methods. In Greece today, there is a new 12-hour program offering home health help and care to citizens. This program is under the organization of the local municipalities and the affiliation of the Ministry of Health.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Telehomecare: Uses telecommunication and videoconferencing technologies to enable a health-care provider at a clinical site to communicate with patients in their homes (Demiris, 2004).
WAN: Wide Area Network system of communications by information technologies.
Home Care Technologies: Any technology used to implement home-care telemedicine services; also any device or any instrument for patient monitoring, therapy, or environmental control (Mantas & Hasman 2002).
Healthcare: Care, services, or supplies related to the health of an individual. Healthcare includes but is not limited to the following: preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, maintenance, or palliative care; counselling, service, and assessment, as well as the sale or dispensing of a drug, device, equipment, or any other item in accordance with a prescription. (Lazakidou & Ilioudi, 2006)
Home Help Care Program (HHC): The Home Help Care program established from the Ministry of Health in Greece to help people in Greece in their homes. The administration, application, and recognition of the program Home Help is under the recognition of the Administration Work Group (AWG), which is established with the No.DY1d/oik. 10024/1.6.2001 recognition No. of the Government (FEK 726/t.?/2001 paragraph 18 article 18 ?. 2503/1997 (Government Newspaper FEK 107/r?/97), and still exists today.
World Wide Web: A system of Internet servers that support specially formatted documents in a language called HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), which supports links to other documents as well as graphics, audio, and video files (Zvanut, 2006).
Telehealth: The removal of time and distance barriers for delivery of healthcare services or related healthcare activities (American Nurses Association). The methodology of serving people by distance to various heath problems and care. This includes health information programs, self or group training, tele-education, and so forth.
Kapodestrian Municipalities: The modern municipalities in Greece with the accreditation of the Greek government. The new local municipalities inducted many small or bigger villages under the same administration.
Network: Defined as a set of nodes and connecting lines to describe intricate structures (e.g., neuronal network, computer network, data network (Paraki, 2006).