CHAPTER 5

Community Health Information Networks: Building Virtual Communities and Networking Health Provider Organizations

Jayfus T. Doswell, SherRhonda R. Gibbs, and Kelley M. Duncanson

Editor’s Note: Building virtual community networks involves the use of a combination of the Internet and associated technologies (Technology Brief I); hardware, software, and computer-user interface design (Technology Brief II); as well as telecommunications and network technologies (Technology Brief III). Its primary concern is the integration of community organizations as partners for healthcare services delivery. This represents an expansion of concepts discussed in HMIS administrative applications and technologies (Chapter 4), patient-centric management systems ...

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