In the past generation there has been a significant change in interaction with patients. In recent years there has been a transition from paternalism to "empowerment of patients". We are witnessing a social and technological revolution. The health system faces challenges and complex administrative and therapeutic goals, accompanied by increasing needs and treatment costs. This is coupled with an ever-increasing awareness on the part of the patient and his family to the quality and professionalism of treatment.
This complex reality requires adapting new treatment concepts, such as expanding computerization, which is an important and accessible resource in general, and for those with chronic diseases in particular. This is true for both the patients and their families.
Internet communication enables the necessary and efficient integration of medical information, health education, and the provision of a social-support network for patients with common interests.
Gertner's Social Networks: