Posts Categorized: Health information

Drawing up practical guidelines for a responsible use of the information obtained on the Internet and the e-mail with health purposes

Miquel A. Mayer MD PhD, director of Certified Medical Web Site Seal from Medical Association of Barcelona have invited me to join and collaborate in a research project directed by himself and funded by Spanish Health Minister: Title Drawing up practical guidelines for a responsible use of the information obtained on the Internet and the… Read more »

Pathways to the doctor: "clinical iceberg" and "the long tail"

I have been reading and taking some wiki notes about ‘Pathways to the Doctor’ in the Information Age: the Role of ICTs in Contemporary Lay Referral Systems written by Nettleton and Hanlon. The article stars explaining the ‘clinical iceberg’ concept identified by social scientists (Last, 1963; Wadsworth et al., 1971) during the post-war years. This… Read more »

Health Literacy in a Network Society

It has come to my notice that MedlinePlus has a new page on Health Literacy where Health literacy is defined as “the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Health information can overwhelm even people with advanced literacy skills”. eHealth has been… Read more »


After two years of hard working, I’m glad to announce the research Project Internet Catalonia about Health directed by Prof. Castells and titled “Technological Modernisation, Organisational Change and Service Delivery in the Catalan Public Health System” has been published (PIC Salut) This study analysed the interaction between organizational change, cultural values and technological change in… Read more »

Health and Social Care Information: the role of the Internet and the pharmacist

Health and Social Care Information: A review of provision in the North East is a research report written by Suzanne Lockyer and Elizabeth Blenkinsopp. The authors state “There are currently many drivers for change in the provision of health and social care information to the public” and mention that “the aims of this review were… Read more »

Personal Health Record discussion

As he did with Google’s PHR, talking even about trust issues, Vince Kuraitis analyzes Microsoft’s HealthVault and four misconception about it: Misconception #1: HealthVault is a personal health record (PHR). Misconception #2: People don’t trust Microsoft, so they won’t sign up for and use HV. Misconception #3: Patients don’t understand PHRs, don’t want them, and… Read more »

More information, please… vs. empirical evidence

I have read More information, please from Newsweek Health about the experience of Cleveland Clinic providing clinical information to patients using the Internet At the Cleveland Clinic, under a program called MyChart, patients are even given access (via a password-protected Web site) to their medical charts. They can get test results, renew prescriptions and request… Read more »

Web 2.0 challenges the tools for rating quality of health information on the Internet

During these months I have been working hard on Health and Web 2.0. I have visited many web sites looking for the main features about interaction among different healthcare agents, multimedia contents and “expert” and “lay” knowledge. I haven’t found many sites who care about formal quality. That makes me think about the concept of… Read more »