Underpinning a Guiding Theory of Patient-Centered E-Health


Patient-centered e-health (PCEH) is an increasingly important part of health information technology. Yet the literature in this area is mainly descriptive and atheoretical, which greatly limits opportunities for research advancement. This observation motivated us to undertake a program to explore and identify essential components that can underpin development of a guiding theory of PCEH (i.e., a set of robust constructs and relationships that are generalizable and prescriptive across diverse PCEH services).

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the developmental history of e-health from practical and research perspectives
  • Delineate the specific needs and opportunities of e-health that is developed for use by patients
  • Explore the roles IS researchers can (and should) play in creating effective patient-centered e-health