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The Economics of New Health TechnologiesIncentives, organization, and financing$
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Joan Costa-Font, Christophe Courbage, and Alistair McGuire

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550685.001.0001

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Knowledge, technology, and demand for online health information

Knowledge, technology, and demand for online health information

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(p.259) Chapter 16 Knowledge, technology, and demand for online health information
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The Economics of New Health Technologies
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Joan Costa-Font

Caroline Rudisill

Elias Mossialos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550685.003.0016

This chapter examines the process of knowledge sharing and use of information technologies in health care, drawing upon evidence from the use of the Internet for health purposes in the European Union. The Internet appears as a relatively new information source with the potential to bring efficiency gains and health production benefits. However, little is known about the specific determinants of the search for information, especially under heterogeneous cultural and institutional settings, such as those of European Union member states.

Keywords:   knowledge sharing, information technology, European Union, health innovation, Internet

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