Week 4 – Discussion 1 – Internet Technologies and the Health Care System

The use of
social media as a source of health information is increasing. For example,
large teaching facilities often have a link on their website for additional
information about a particular disease or procedure. However, Internet sites
like blogs, content communities, and other social networking sites as a source
of health information is not without its challenges. These challenges include
privacy, security, reimbursement, and accessibility.  In your response,
address the following:

  • How
    can inadequate or lack of access to communication technology (the digital
    divide) lead to care inequality in the emerging e-health model?
  • Discuss
    at least two types of social media and give examples of how social media
    can be applied to e-health.
  • Discuss
    the three challenges noted above and how they relate to the use of social
    media on the internet as a source of health information.

Guided response: Your
initial post should be a minimum of 200-250 words.

  • Utilize
    a minimum of two scholarly sources, excluding the textbook.
  • Sources
    should be cited in APA format, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • You
    must respond to at least two of your classmate’s posts by Day 7.
  • Your
    three required posts must be on three different days of the week.
  • In
    your response to you classmates discuss the advantages and disadvantages
    of at least two social media options.

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