The Internet as a Healthcare Tool
Sometimes patients are afraid to tell their doctor they don’t understand the doctor’s directions or the diagnosis. With the invention of many medicine-based websites, patients can get questions answered more frequently. But, this is a double-edged sword. If the patient gets a website that is not reliable, or they are unable to make sense of the information it contains, they can become unduly scared, or misled to take steps that may not make them well. On the other hand, with the correct information, patients will become more educated about their condition and even help the doctor by relaying things that they thought were insignificant but now realize was actually important.
An HIM professional may be able to recommend specific websites to the patient and encourage them to write down questions to bring back to the next visit. View the two links below to learn more about how to educate patients: