Models of Health Care and the Consumer Perspective of Telehealth in the Information Age

  • Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild
  • Victoria Elfrink
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Health care is changing to include an increased emphasis on consumer health services. This shift is linked to the widespread implementation of several information technology advancements. According to the Anderson Consulting Group, the connection between healthcare delivery and information technology forms the foundation of an emerging “healthcare infocosm” (HCI).1 The HCI is described as the linkage of information technologies, business structures, strategies, processes, and people. The emergence of the HCI has many implications for healthcare delivery including connecting providers, consumers, caregivers, and practitioners with one another and to vital healthcare information at any time, anywhere. While the HCI will continue to develop from today’s Internet and related technologies, its proliferation will mark the end of the industrial medicine era and form the foundation of the Information Age of health care.


Healthcare Delivery Prospective Payment System Consumer Perspective Information Technology Tool Online Health Information Seeker 
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  • Loretta Schlachta-Fairchild
  • Victoria Elfrink

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