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Patient/Physician relation on the Internet

Answers to common journalists questions about patient/physician relations

Should just doctors access medical sites?

We firmly believe that the Internet is for all. It's a very democratic medium, and we should all work to preserve and strengthen this quality. Patients, in particular, have a great thirst for information. Until now, too often patients have been relegated to passively accepting the consequences of disease and medical treatment. Today, this is changing in a revolutionary way. The Internet is the first medium to provide them with the knowledge to understand more about their condition, to take the first step towards healing and to help their care providers actively combat disease. As I have already said, patients have an absolute obligation to discuss information they find on the Net with their physicians. We believe that the Internet is the catalyst of a new form of communication between physicians and their patients. Even if the Internet modifies the practice of medicine, it will improve health and reduce cost.

How can a doctor undertake fast & efficient research on the internet?

Research tell us that many physicians' questions can be answered by medical literature. HON has developed a multilingual and intelligent search tool that integrates all kinds of different Internet resources. It's called HONselect (http://www.hon.ch/HONselect/) and you should try it! We are pretty sure HONselect sets a new standards of excellence, innovation and completeness for this sector.

Medical advice on the web?

The future of the medical Internet is not restricted to the evolution of medical advice on the Web. Telehealth will have a real impact on the future of medicine and we believe it will help to combat disease across borders and generate more accessible and cost-effective healthcare for all.

Patients, in particular, have a great thirst for information. Until now, too often patients have been relegated to passively accepting the consequences of disease and medical treatment. Today, this is changing in a revolutionary way. The Internet is the first medium to provide them with the knowledge to understand more about their condition, to take the first step towards healing and to help their care providers actively combat disease. Patients have an absolute obligation to discuss information they find on the Net with their physicians. We believe that the Internet is the catalyst of a new form of communication between physicians and their patients. Even if the Internet modifies the practice of medicine, it will improve health and reduce cost.

 


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