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dc.contributor.authorHan, J.
dc.contributor.authorSunderland, N.
dc.contributor.authorKendall, E.
dc.contributor.authorGudes, Ori
dc.contributor.authorHenniker, G.
dc.identifier.citationHan, Jung Hoon and Sunderland, Naomi and Kendall, Elizabeth and Gudes, Ori and Henniker, Garth. 2010. Chronic disease, geographic location and socioeconomic disadvantage as obstacles to equitable access to e-health. Health Information Management Journal. 39 (2): pp. 30-36.

Despite recent public attention to e-health as a solution to rising healthcare costs and an ageing population, there have been relatively few studies examining the geographical pattern of e-health usage. This paper argues for an equitable approach to e-health and attention to the way in which e-health initiatives can produce locational health inequalities, particularly in socioeconomically disadvantagedareas. In this paper, we use a case study to demonstrate geographical variation in Internet accessibility, Internet status and prevalence of chronic diseases within a small district. There are significant disparities in access to health information within socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The most vulnerable people in these areas are likely to have limited availability of, or access to Internet healthcare resources.They are also more likely to have complex chronic diseases and, therefore, be in greatest need of these resources. This case study demonstrates the importance of an equitable approach to e-health information technologies and telecommunications infrastructure.

dc.publisherHealth Information Management Association of Australia
dc.subjectchronic disease
dc.subjectaccess to health care
dc.subjectsocioeconomic status
dc.subjecthealth services accessibility
dc.subjectgeographic factors
dc.titleChronic disease, geographic location and socioeconomic disadvantage as obstacles to equitable access to e-health
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleHealth Information Management Journal
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