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Internet Access Transforming Health Care, Says Koop

Magazine article Drug Topics

Internet Access Transforming Health Care, Says Koop

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Faced with a sea change in the way consumers get medical information, health-care professionals need to plug into the potential of the Internet or risk being left behind, according to former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Intel chairman Andrew Grove.

Speaking at Intel's Internet Health Day last month, Grove said that there are already 15,000 health-related Web sites, with dozens more being added every day. He urged health-care providers to get into the Internet and on-line medicine to shape the evolution and quality of the new medium.

"In addition to basic health information, a growing number of sites provide tips about managing chronic diseases, alternative medicines, supplements, vitamins, and the like. Consumers use e-mail to communicate, and they will demand that of their providers," said Grove. "On-line support groups are communities that may be even more powerful than inperson groups. E-mail and Internet technology have created an X-Factor that has stimulated the U.S. economy through increased productivity and efficiency It's time for an XFactor in health care where Internet technology is used to keep costs in check, while deepening [patientprovider] relationships through increased communication and care. …

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