Adolescence and health information technology (pp. 119-131)
Authors: Patricia MacTaggart
Abstract: Adolescents are a complicated, demanding, neglected and heterogeneous group and their health care issues are multi-faceted and service delivery needs complex. Adolescents are the least likely to engage in the health care system; yet, they are likely to embrace and benefit from 21st century e-health tools. Providers have not effectively and efficiently leveraged “e” strategies, such as texting, e-mails and YouTube, to reach this critical, but not currently or sufficiently engaged population group. This paper reviews the opportunities and implementation issues e-health and m-health information technology (health-IT) presents in the delivery of care to adolescents and their families.