e-Health Inequity?

Evaluation Criteria of Social Media Tools Ability to Address Health Disparities

Social technologies utilization in e-health initiatives continues to expand. One of the core characteristics of emergent digital media is enhancing access and thus its ability to reduce health disparities is promising. How do social networking technologies (social media, Web2.0 and other emergent technologies) can enhance the ability of healthcare organizations, providers, and patients to ameliorate and eliminate health disparities through culturally competent e-health practices?  This research project is based on an evaluation of e-health social media projects A taxonomy is being developed based on a throughout review and analysis of Web2.0 offerings and the research literature. The development of specific cultural competence criteria to evaluate e-health offerings is highlighted. Since social media research is still in its early stages, this inquiry proposes a set of categories researchers and practitioners can utilize to assess the quality of e-health offerings from the perspective of patients and their families. We are mapping the scope of e-health social media initiatives and identifying categories that allow health care and public health practitioners to evaluate the level of cultural competency of e-health social media tools. The final aim is developing sound evaluation criteria to assess the ability of e-health initiatives in ameliorating and reducing health disparities.

Bacigalupe, G., & Askari, S. (2013). E-health innovations, collaboration, and healthcare disparities: Developing criteria for culturally competent evaluation.Families, Systems, & Health, 31(3), 248-263. doi: 10.1037/a0033386


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