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Tracking Future Path of Consumers' Empowerment in E-Health

Muhammad Anshari and Mohammad Nabil Almunawar
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Mohammad Nabil Almunawar: Universiti Brunei Darussalam, School of Business and Economics, Brunei

International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications (IJEHMC), 2015, vol. 6, issue 3, 63-76

Abstract: Developments in ICT have created a new generation of networking technology that affects all areas, including healthcare. The use of ICT in healthcare organizations, for example in health information systems (HIS), has developed the same way as the wider landscape, and includes the use of Internet-based technology. The adoption of social network features as the ‘front end' of electronic health (e-health) systems is believed to boost sharing between consumers, leading to greater satisfaction. E-health is likely to become more consumer-centric, accommodating consumers' participation in the healthcare process, including decision-making. The government of Taiwan has successfully implemented a National Health Insurance (NHI) system as the foundation for e-health. Improvements in technology may drive changing consumer behavior concerning healthcare services. This paper addresses some important concepts, milestones, challenges, and future direction of consumer empowerment in Taiwan, and proposes that empowerment will be personal, social, and medical.

Date: 2015
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