Title: Social utility of personalised e-health services: the study of home-based healthcare

Authors: Anastasia Kadda

Addresses: Department of Nursing of the University of the Peloponnesus, Athinas 3-Kipoupoli, 12137-Athens, Greece

Abstract: The aim of this study is to look into the social utility of personalised electronic health using the home-based healthcare as a case study. For this purpose research was carried out based on a review of the literature, resulting in a drawing of the following conclusions: (a) the existence of personalised electronic health, customised to the needs of every patient, has emerged as a social necessity in modern societies; (b) there are multiple applications of electronic health for the needs of society (electronic health records, electronic card, telemedicine); (c) personalised home-based electronic healthcare is socially invaluable for patients in that it ensures to all of them equal access to care in their home, for health professionals in that it improves the quality and efficacy of the healthcare they provide, for the economy since it reduces the cost of care, for society in general through guaranteeing to all optimal healthcare.

Keywords: personalised healthcare; electronic healthcare; social utility; home-based healthcare; social equality; equal access; quality; efficacy; personalisation; e-healthcare; healthcare technology; patient care; electronic health records; EHRs; electronic cards; telemedicine.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2010.036210

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 2010 Vol.5 No.4, pp.403 - 413

Published online: 29 Oct 2010 *

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