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Keywords

e-Health, Myocardial infarction, Online health, Telecare

 

Authors

  1. SHAW, RYAN J. PhD, RN
  2. ZULLIG, LEAH L. PhD, MPH
  3. CROWLEY, MATTHEW J. MD
  4. GRAMBOW, STEVEN C. PhD
  5. LINDQUIST, JENNIFER H. MS
  6. SHAH, BIMAL R. MD, MBA
  7. PETERSON, ERIC MD, MPH
  8. BOSWORTH, HAYDEN B. PhD

Abstract

We describe the computer use characteristics of 406 post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients and their willingness to engage online for health communication and monitoring. Most participants were computer users (n = 259; 63.8%) and half (n = 209; 51.5%) read health information online at least monthly. However, most participants did not go online to track health conditions (n = 283; 69.7%), look at medical records (n = 287; 70.7%), or e-mail doctors (n = 351; 86.5%). Most participants would consider using a Web site to e-mail doctors (n = 275; 67.7%), share medical information with doctors (n = 302; 74.4%), send biological data to their doctor (n = 308; 75.9%), look at medical records (n = 321; 79.1%), track health conditions (n = 331; 81.5%), and read about health conditions (n = 332; 81.8%). Sharing health information online with family members (n = 181; 44.6%) or for support groups (n = 223; 54.9%) was not of much interest. Most post-MI participants reported they were interested in communicating with their provider and tracking their health conditions online. Because patients with a history of MI tend to be older and are disproportionately minority, researchers and clinicians must be careful to design interventions that embrace post-MI patients of diverse backgrounds that both improve their access to care and health outcomes.