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Determinants of the demand for "ubiquitous" healthcare services and policy implications : current issues

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Frame of Image , ubiquitous healthcare services(u-health service), which applies information technology(IT) convergence to medical services, is expected to play an important role in solving problems related to the insufficient medical services. U-health services include all services that enable medical services to be available at any time and place by utilizing fixed and (or) wireless networks.1) An example of a u-heath service is the real-time medical treatment system, in which patients with chronic diseases can check their condition and receive treatment from doctors utilizing the mobile Internet, mobile phone, or PC. Clients(which include patients, the disabled and ordinary people) can check their health status and receive treatment by fixed or wireless networks without having to visit a medical institution. It follows that the cost of providing healthcare and management services can be dramatically decreased. Thus, it is possible to strengthen public medical
1) The u-health service differs from e-health in that whereas e-health services is more focused on improving hospitals’ capabilities, or efficiencies in delivering medical information to the patients mainly via fixed Internet services, u-health services covers all kinds of health-related services beyond the hospital, and for both patients and healthy persons. Thus, the scope of the u-health is a lot broader than that of the e-health.
services for the poor and neglected with a minimum increase of financial costs, if u-health services


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Title Determinants of the demand for "ubiquitous" healthcare services and policy implications
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current issues

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Koh, Daeyoung; Cho, Hyunseung

Author(Korean)

고대영; 조현승

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[Seoul]:Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade (KIET)

Date 2010
Journal Title; Vol./Issue KIET Industrial Economic Review:vol. 15; no.2
Pages 12
Frequency Bimonthly
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < General
Industry and Technology < IT
Social Development < Health
Holding KDI School of Public Policy and Management

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