Invented by Alain T. Rappaport, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
The Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC invention works as followsAccordingly to one aspect, the present invention provides a means of receiving information about a patient. Information about the patient could include information about diagnosis information that is based on a diagnosis made by a healthcare provider. A query function is used to retrieve data sources from a database that match the information received. The list of data sources is retrieved from the database is retrieved and one or more documents are created.
Background for Methods, apparatus and systems for providing health information
Many people have been concerned about finding relevant and useful information on health. Nearly half of adults who spend time online have visited sites related to health. Information from my doctor’s office is one of the most popular types of online health information. Or from?national experts in medicine?. This is not surprising, given that half of patients who left the US physician’s office did so without knowing what to do or what to do.
However, medical or health information can be notoriously complicated and difficult to assess for those who are not doctors. It can be difficult and time-consuming to find the right information from the many medical websites. It is often impossible to achieve because the patient doesn’t understand the condition well enough and therefore does not know how to search various search engines or web sites.
There are over 10,000 websites that deal with medical and health-related topics on the internet at present, and health care is an area of high growth. Based on the information they provide, these web sites can be classified or categorised as follows:
Medical Information Content Providers”: These sites can be either broad-based or specialized repositories for medical information.
Pharmaceutical Information Content Suppliers: These sites are similar to those mentioned above, but they focus on drug information.
E-commerce: on-line drugstores are predominant in this category, adding their operations to the traditional physician/prescription/drugstore relation. This category includes companies that sell health insurance policies or medical equipment.
Health Management Companies”: These companies offer tools to help customers manage chronic or complex diseases like diabetes and other conditions.
Health-Benefit information: This category includes essentially information sites of managed care organizations that provide news and access to benefit descriptions and billings for members.
Health Care Business Infrastructure”: These companies offer Internet-based software solutions that increase the productivity of healthcare organizations.
The combination of these services and offerings makes it clear that the healthcare industry is poised for an information-based revolution. This will have profound implications. Medicine isn’t trivial. [C|net, 1999]. It is crucial to simplify and enhance the experience of patients in health care by offering personalized, targeted services that can be integrated into health care delivery.
Patients and health care consumers are more likely to be informed and equipped with the right information. Information from their own doctor is one of the most sought-after types of information. [JAMA Editorial, Digital Doctoring Oct. 21, 1998] as well as information provided by national medical experts [Cyber Dialogue/FIND/SVP 1998]. The physician-patient relationship has been transformed by the new health care system.
In general, doctor interactions are shorter. The managed care organization often sends the diagnosis directly. Patients do not receive any clear information about their condition, problems, or other aspects. The prescription can also be sent to the pharmacy online or offline. The patient often has no idea of the diagnosis or how to proceed, and may not even know what it is. One study found that half of patients left the doctor’s office without knowing what was happening or what to do. [The American Health Care System by T. Bodenheimer, New England Journal of Medicine February 18, 1999]. It is essential to educate the patient. Patients who are well-informed are more likely to be healthier. [Medical Economics: Why you Should Welcome the New Assertive Patients, September 1997]. But,?the internet-based health information can lead to better health care. [Managed Health Care. G. Moore].
Pediatrics and Women’s” For example, health and women’s health are the most popular topics for which online medical information can be found. In 1998, 27% of adults who had children went online to search for information about their children’s health. This is an increase from 15% in the previous year. [Cyber Dialogue, Inc., 1998, The Health Care Industry In Transition, 1998] The 46% female online population was also represented by the Internet. 31% of online users have made Women’s Health a priority topic.
Despite the abundance of web sites relating to health, it’s still difficult to find relevant, useful, and personalized information about health on the Internet. This could be due to a variety of reasons.
There are many sites that you can retrieve information. Patients and healthcare consumers are often unaware of the best or most relevant sites for their informational needs.
The websites are not sufficiently targeted. Information overload is the biggest problem you will face online. [Fortune, Where to Find Medical Information on the Web, Mar. 17, 1997]. It is true that there is too much information. However, it is often not well organized or presented. Patients or consumers will need to conduct complicated searches. They then need to refine their searches and use filters to find the information they are looking for. This search engine requires that users use correct terminology and have the minimum skills to create more complicated queries. Patients and healthcare consumers are often not able to spend the time necessary to search for information. Patients and healthcare consumers often don’t have the time or the patience to filter out irrelevant or exclusionary information from the vast array of information on the Internet.
Sites can be difficult to use because they are not organized or of high quality. The typical search interfaces can be confusing to use, and the presentation of search results might not be well-organized to allow average users to find relevant information.
In summary, searching the internet for information about medical and health-related topics is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time and knowledge of various terminology, synonyms, idiosyncrasies, and complex issues in the health care industry. It is a difficult and out-of-context process for most health care consumers.
Accordingly, it is important for health care consumers that they find and get relevant, useful, and personalized information about their health and medical needs without having to search through dozens of web sites.
Accordingly to one aspect, the present invention provides a means of receiving information about a patient. Information about the patient could include information about diagnosis information that is based on a diagnosis made by a healthcare provider. A query function is used to retrieve data sources from a database that match the information received. The list of data sources is retrieved from the database is retrieved and one or more documents are created.
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