Patients are demanding a more substantive, collaborative role in their own healthcare decision making. Collaborative healthware is the application of information and communication technologies designed to enhance decision making and communication between providers, patients, and their families. The emergence of collaborative healthware will play an important role in supporting the relationship between patient and provider and will assist patients in better understanding their illness experience and how their own values affect decision making. Collaborative healthware is defined as “software for healthcare, tightly integrated with people systems”1 and its creative and successful implementation will improve patient care and care management.
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