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Re-thinking technology and its growing role in enabling patient empowerment

Akeel, Aisha Umar; Mundy, Darren


Aisha Umar Akeel

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Dr Darren Mundy
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, Associate Dean - Learning and Teaching


© The Author(s) 2018. The presence and increase of challenges to eHealth in today’s society have begun to generate doubts about the capability of technology in patient empowerment, especially within the frameworks supporting empowerment. Through the review of existing frameworks and articulation of patient demands, weaknesses in the current application of technology to support empowerment are explored, and key constituents of a technology-driven framework for patient empowerment are determined. This article argues that existing usage of technology in the design, development and implementation of patient empowerment in the healthcare system, although well intentioned, is insufficiently constituted, primarily as a result of fragmentation. Systems theory concepts such as holism and iteration are considered vital in improving the role of technology in enabling patient empowerment.


Akeel, A. U., & Mundy, D. (2019). Re-thinking technology and its growing role in enabling patient empowerment. Health Informatics Journal, 25(4), 1278-1289.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 9, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 24, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2019
Deposit Date May 18, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 24, 2018
Journal Health Informatics Journal
Print ISSN 1460-4582
Electronic ISSN 1741-2811
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 4
Pages 1278-1289
Keywords eHealth; Frameworks; Iteration; Patient empowerment; Technology
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Additional Information This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article which has been accepted for future publication in: Health informatics journal


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