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HealthcarePapers 13(4) January 2014 : 23-26.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2014.23870
Commentary

Reorienting Health Systems to Meet the Demand for Consumer Health Solutions

David L. Buckeridge

Abstract

There is a clear and pronounced gap between the demand for and access to consumer health solutions. Existing health information systems and broader health system factors such as funding models are reasons for this gap. There are strong arguments from the perspectives of the consumer and population health for closing this gap, but the case from the perspective of the current health system is mixed. Closing the gap will require a concerted effort to reorient health information systems and funding models to support online access by consumers to health information and health services.

 

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