There is little value in health information that is neither trustworthy nor credible unless it is understood and followed by the general population. In addition to being able to read health information, consumers must be able to understand the information presented, assess the credibility of the site and find the information they are looking for. Web-based Online Patient Leaflets In Australia requires a higher literacy level than printed patient education materials. Previous studies have shown that Web-based patient education materials are written at the recommended reading level for grades 6 and 8. These materials are perceived as more difficult than printed materials.
Electronic discharge summary documents have proved helpful in the timely preparation and transmission of patient information to primary care providers. Failure to attend scheduled appointments is an important source of lost resources and inadequate use of healthcare providers' time.
The Australian Immunization Register, which covers all COVID-19 vaccinations in the country, allows healthcare professionals in emergency evacuation centres to access information on medicines to ensure continuity of care and vital drug deliveries. Personal electronic health records support these efforts by being visible and under the control of individual health recipients, which means that they can view and add personal health information and remove things they would rather not have with them. For 90% of Australians, my medical records contain information such as discharge summaries, hospital prescriptions, pharmacies, pathology and imaging results and general practitioner health summaries.
It was found that more than half of a sample of adult ED patients had searched the Internet for health-related information, and more than a third had researched whether they would pose a problem for someone visiting the ED.
Internet use and online health information varied significantly by age and socioeconomic status of patients. The gender of the patient, ESB status and geographical location did not influence Internet use or the online search for health information. Gender, EBS status and quality of patients also had no significant impact on Internet use or online searches for health information.
General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in health promotion and preventive care. 85% of Australians consulted a GP at least once in 2012-13, with an average of 5.5 GP visits per capita of the population. The consultation is an opportunity for GPs to inform patients about health maintenance and disease prevention. The Internet can be an effective additional source of health information for patients. Health Information that is available where it is needed, exchange of health information, high-quality data to understand meaning and use confidently, better availability and access to prescription drug information that enables models of care that improve access, quality, safety and efficiency, the use of digital health technologies by workers to provide healthcare and a thriving digital health industry that spawns world-class innovation.