Going online: The role of web-based initiatives in health information technology

J Med Pract Manage. 2011 Jan-Feb;26(4):225-7.


As Internet usage grows, so does the desire for online accessibility to healthcare services. In addition to patient convenience, Web-based services improve efficiency, further patient-provider communication, increase patient participation in healthcare decision-making, and enhance patient safety, all while containing healthcare costs. More than just an electronic medical record, examples of Web-based initiatives range from e-prescriptions, e-scheduling, and an e-mail-type Web-based messaging system to an online healthcare portal. Medicare and private insurers have offered incentives to promote adoption of health information technology, although they have yet to establish a universally accepted reimbursement model and outcome measures.

MeSH terms

  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Communication
  • Electronic Mail
  • Electronic Prescribing
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Patient Participation
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Practice Management, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Safety Management