Responseto Chao Hung Kao Post
Responseto Chao Hung Kao
Greatjob, Chao. Your post was very edifying, and I learned a lot regardinghealth care information. I gained insight that patients over 65 yearsold with limited education and low health literacy levels stillprefer to receive updated information from their health careproviders (HCP). However, I disagree with your point that the concernfor using online health information is the possibility ofmisdiagnosis due to the complexity of the medical condition, therebydelaying treatment. That is because online health information systemsmake health information easily accessible (De Choudhury, Morris, &White, 2014). Even so, I concur with you that the vast informationavailable on the internet may be hard to distinguish its validity(Dalmer, 2017). However, you failed to mention the specificresponsibilities of healthcare providers related to healthinformation.
Theresponsibilities of health professionals vary according to the sizeof their workplace. In the small office, they have no specialization.However, in large hospitals, they are specialists who are responsiblefor the integrity of the information. Health care providers have fourprimary duties (Kassler, Tomoyasu, & Conway, 2015). Firstly, theyestablish accountability in their functions and the information theycontrol. Secondly, they protect those who report quality and safetyfindings. Third, they report quality and safety data correctly andfinally, they respond to quality and safety concerns with vigorousimprovement.
Inconclusion, protection of the healthcare information is not only theduty of those who are in charge of it but everybody involved in thehealth profession. In case there is no integrity or poor quality inthe healthcare data, we as professionals in health will never be ableto improve the care we give. Moreover, another decade may go bywithout any progress, and the error in health information will harmmore patients.
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DeChoudhury, M., Morris, M. R., & White, R. W. (2014). Seeking andsharing health information online: Comparing search engines andsocial media. In Proceedingsof the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computingsystems(pp. 1365-1376). ACM.
Kassler,W. J., Tomoyasu, N., & Conway, P. H. (2015). Beyond a traditionalprayer—CMS`s role in improving population health. NewEngland Journal of Medicine,372(2),109-111.