Role of the Internet in Healthcare Services
In recent years, the internet has been adopted in many sectors, and the healthcare industry has not been left behind. The impact of this is that people have lived healthy lives through the use of the internet in managing health. However, the level of adoption of the internet is not as it should be, especially among health practitioners. Patients have been the most vibrant in the use of the internet in managing their health. Patients are increasingly using the internet to research health practices, as well as for health advice. However, health providers have not fully adopted the use of the internet in providing health care. Most doctors do not offer internet-based services such as e-mail booking or correspond directly with the doctors via e-mail.
The healthcare industry should incorporate the use of the internet as we move toward the future. The internet can reach people across the globe. The internet is also a tool that can be used to shed new light on future practice. It can serve to provide personalized, preventive, predictive, and participatory health care. Internet experts have been able to develop a social network, which uses the internet to make timely contact through online conversations between patients and their doctors. This network also allows the doctor to monitor the patient’s condition at any time. The internet is also a platform that can be used by the government and insurance companies to survey the cost of treatments, as well as to ensure health care costs are affordable.
CLOUD is one internet-based technology that can be used by health care providers to create a universal bank for data on health care. Researchers in the healthcare industry will be in a position to conduct efficient and easier research and enhance the provision of health care. Healthcare is increasingly becoming an industry that has many stakeholders. The government, individuals, families, insurance companies, and physicians are all instrumental in the provision of quality health care. The internet is one platform that can connect all these stakeholders. Therefore, the internet will continue to play a fundamental role as we move into the future.