Consumer Use of Computerized Applications to Address Health and Health Care Needs. II. What consumer health needs can be addressed using health IT?


As highlighted above, there are a number of health needs that IT can help individuals address. There are also several pathways individuals can follow to access health applications. First, a number of resources, particularly information sites, are available online for anyone who is interested in them. Other individuals come in contact with these web tools through their relationship with their medical providers. A final entrance point is through entities that pay for health care—insurers and employers. This section runs through tasks that health IT can facilitate and discusses which pathways users can follow to address those needs.

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