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Future Trends in Health Care

Discuss future trends in health care.

Include an assessment of how the Internet, or any other form of electronic communication, may be used as an external delivery source in communicating patient-specific information.

Address the impact of distance delivery on health care.

Consider the use of e-mail, telemedicine, and the electronic transfer of records.

Share your assessment of how these issues impact health care today and how they might impact health care 5 years from now.

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In respect to the future trends in healthcare, the Internet can be a very viable form of electronic communication that may be utilized as an external delivery source in communicating patient specific information. One of the primary reasons that the Internet can be utilized as an external delivery source in communicating patient specific information, is due to the fact that the Internet allows this information to be transmitted nearly instantaneously between healthcare organizations. This is very important due to the fact that in crisis situations a patient's health or even their life may depend on the expeditious delivery of their medical history between healthcare organizations. Due to this factor the expeditious nature of the Internet makes it pertinent in the communication of patient specific information in today's healthcare paradigm. Another very important reason that the Internet should be continuously utilized in communicating patient-specific information is due to the fact that it is possible to communicate this information on a global scale in an instantaneous manner. This means that an American citizen that is getting treated in France for instance, can receive pertinent information from that individual's healthcare provider in the United States nearly instantaneously, so that that individual's medical history will be made available to the French medical practitioners. This is vitally important due to the fact that these medical practitioners need to know if the patient is allergic to any medications, and or if they are presently taking any medications that would make it impractical for the French medical practitioners to administer other medications that can have a detrimental effect is taken in conjunction with the medications that those individuals are already taking. Information of this nature is what as to the credibility and viability of the Internet as a very important means by which to deliver patient specific information in a highly effective and efficient manner. Another very important reason that the Internet is a viable form of electronic communication that can be utilized as an external delivery source and communicating patient specific information, is due to the fact that battlefield medical procedures can be made much more expeditious and efficient ...

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