Sacramento, Calf. (PRWEB) January 29, 2009
"Your Health in the Information Age" is an exciting new book that shows patients how they can work more closely with their doctors by using the internet effectively. 10 million Americans search for health information on the Internet for themselves or for loved ones every single day? 40% of Americans are able to email their doctors, but 80% want to do this. Available from http://www.InformationAgeHealth.com, Amazon and many online bookstores.
"An excellent resource for those who are starting to, or currently are, using the Internet for health care. This book is definitely worth a read if you have ever researched health over the Internet". Recommended by: Margaret Orford, Allbooks Reviews.
Are you sick? Are you getting the best treatment? Do you want to check out alternative therapies? Do you understand your symptoms? Do you know why you are taking your medications? How can you monitor your health? Can you access your doctor easily? Do you know how experienced your doctor is, and whether he or she is expert in your illness?
"This is one of the best reads I've ever enjoyed and benefited from in the health space. I leave educated, inspired and relieved such a resource now exists." Ron Oberleitner, Autism Advocate, CEO Caring Technologies / TalkAutism
Top Tips for Patients
1. Do you want to be able to email your doctor, but don't want to trouble them? Find out the best way of approaching your doctor, and learn about "netiquette".
2. Are you sure you are getting the best, and most up to date, treatment? Find out where to look for treatment guidelines.
3. Are you considering taking part in a clinical trial? - find out how by searching national databases of available clinical trials
4. Do you want to improve your relationship with your doctor? Go online, simplify your healthcare, ask about e-prescribing options
5. How is your healthcare going to change in future? Find out about virtual reality and online doctors and clinics.
6. Are you an internet addict? Or are you a "cyberchondriac"? Test yourself, and look for solutions if you or someone you know needs them.
About the author
Peter Yellowlees MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Health Informatics Program at the University of California Davis. He is deputy editor of the Medscape Journal of Medicine and has lived in England, Australia and the USA. He is an internationally recognized expert in health on the Internet and his current projects involve virtual reality using Second Life, telemedicine, email and video consulting and bioterrorism responses. He has written over 150 scientific articles and four books, has lectured in more than 20 countries, and has undertaken many media interviews. He lives with his wife Barb, in Sacramento, California.
Peter Yellowlees MD
pmyellowlees (at) ucdavis.edu