Primary Health-Care Service Delivery and Accessibility in the Digital Age

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Primary Health-Care Service Delivery and Accessibility in the Digital Age


JournalIntech Open
Publication date – Sep – 2020
Authors – Thierry Edoh
Keywordsaccessibility, health-ITcare, patient-centered data, patient-centric data, primary care
Open access – Yes
SpecialityHealth policy
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on October 31, 2020 at 7:54 am
Abstract:

The primary care is within a health-care system, the first contact and main point for people requiring health and medical care. Patients requiring specialized health and medical care are directed to the appropriate specialists by a general physician (GP) who coordinates the needed specialist care. GPs base their decisions partially on patient-centered information and partially on the results of medical examinations. Many health-IT systems for primary health care are available today. Their first aims are to assist GPs in their daily duties and the patient in collecting his medical data and to self-manage his conditions. IT systems enabling the patient to collect accurate information on his condition to self-manage his condition provide accurate patient-centric data, which shows the potential to outperform patient-centered information, which in turn is based on the patient’s personal feeling and perception. Patient-centered information are biased. Beyond providing patient-centric information, health-IT systems can facilitate access to health-care services, increase the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health-care services, and can contribute to reducing medical expenses. This chapter aims to paint down the global trend of health-IT systems and the supporting technology. The chapter will further present some existing health-IT systems and discuss their role in the health-care accessibility, particularly in rural regions.

OSI Number – 20712

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