Information Superhighway Fast Lane:What It Means For Wellness
Computer assisted, custom tailored, health
Acquiring Clinical Information
Self-help groups as an adjunct to the support you provide.
Lurking and learning........
Using the Internet to integrate your services with complementary community resources.
Consider future possible advantages of the merging of HDTV, Internet and Personal Computers.
Bookmark your way out of complexity and confusion
Bill Hettler, MD
Father of 6 unique people
Director University Health Service at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point since 1977
University Health Service Urgent Care Physician, 27 years
Software developer and technology consultant
Adjunct Professor, UW-Madison Family Practice Program; Physician's Assistant Program
Adjunct Professor, UW-Stevens Point School of Health Promotion and Human Development
I am a Co-Founder of the National Wellness Institute
I am an advocate for physician directed self-care (I assist patients, I do not own them)
I am future-focused
I consider the audience to be patient educators, providers, and consumers of medical services
I believe that patients and their families will increasingly arrive at our offices better prepared to be
partners in the management of their health and well being
I tend to be an eternal optimist. "Don't tell me what you can't do, tell me what you can do!"
I try to follow the advice of true heros.
Goal for this session
List possible technology enhancements of use by wellness professionals.
Explore a few of the possible uses of technology available through the Internet
Review some of the innovative or most popular sites found to be helpful for wellness professionals.
Frequency of your current e-mail use?
Less than once a week
2 to 3 times a week
Several times a day
I am in a twelve step e-mail recovery program
As you arrive at your office, a staff member tells you that the a client you are to see
3 o'clock called to let you know that she has Lodi-Abernathy syndrome.
What would you do to prepare for that visit?
We have entered the digital age. Are you thinking digital yet?
Banks, airline reservations, gas stations, and even occasional lab results
Who funds the Internet? How reliable is the information? Sources of revenue include:
taxes, dues, advertising
Client centered information is the appeal of the Internet
Translation to other languages
Handicap accessible web pages
Readability (greatest challenge is writing for the reading ability of the intended audience)
Active Internet Resources (you guide the resource acquisition)
Digital References Online and CD-ROM based materials
Patient Education Materials
See some of the awards KidsHealth.org has won
Search Engines (substitute Programs or Utilities for the word Engines)
Finding Specific People
Finding Specific Places
This Building from outer space.
Decision Support Systems
MD's ask the expert services, topic or specialty based
Patient/Provider partnership systems e.g., HealthWise Knowledgebase TM
Passive Electronic Resource Acquisition
Maternal and Child Health
AAP Key Contact e-mail system
Health Policy HEALTHPOL@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM
Health Promotion (College Health) firstname.lastname@example.org
TAGFAM (Gifted and Talented) TAGFAM@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU
Commercial clip services
San Jose Mercury News
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National Wellness Institute
Industry specific services
Physician Specific Services
What patients are reading
Special Interest Groups
On-line CME courses
Topic specific chat rooms
The technology of the traditional classroom is 500 years old. The way most of us have been schooled has been called:
The knowledge purveyor is in the front expounding facts.
How will you take advantage of the resources on the Internet?
How will you learn what is available?
What is a Portal?