Modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will fade away the boundaries between inpatient and outpatient care enabling a more efficient, patient-centered health care. Everyone would have equal opportunity in being informed using ICT. Maitra (2007), states in her article, ICTs will help in improving connectivity for individuals and communities, they are used to create, nurture and manage human connectedness, equalizing opportunities. Kubias (2011) discussed health IT in his article, In constant evolution, the healthcare environment has multiple challenges to meet: cost containment, increase and ageing of the population, enormous quantities of data and quickly evolving knowledge, complex and multi-disciplinary approaches for healthcare, need for safer care. It is no secret that internet users are self-motivated. Nearly one third of the world's population is connected to the internet. The spread of users of the web is almost equal across the ages of 11 to 55+. (Wikipedia 2011). Master et al (2005) describes in his article that e-Patients report two effects of their online health research: "better health information and services, and different (but not always better) relationships with their doctors.
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Nilima Pandit . Information and Communication Technology and Healthcare. Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research 1(1): Oct.- Dec., 2013; Page 09-11.