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Electronic Health Services for Cardiac Patients: A Salutogenic Approach

Janne Lahtiranta, Jani Koskinen, Electronic Health Services for Cardiac Patients: A Salutogenic Approach. Finnish Journal of eHealth and eWelfare 5(2-3), 55–62, 2013.


Patient‐centricity is a name given to the on‐going transformation in health care delivery. The term is widely used 
and it has been given different interpretations in relation to the context of its use. These interpretations emphasize 
aspects such as empowerment, seamless chain of care, and even responsibility; how it is divided amongst the ser‐
vice provider and the patient. Regardless of the interpretation and the context of use, one thing is constant; a 
genuine desire to support the patient’s health related endeavours in a field that is fragmented and becoming in‐
creasingly technology‐oriented. In order to support the patient in this field, a comprehensive approach to health is 
needed to capture nuances of everyday life outside singular health related transactions (such as appointments, 
laboratory visits, etc.) and technology. This article looks into some well‐established theories used in depicting such 
a  comprehensive  view  to  health  and  well‐being,  and  conceptualizes  their  applicability  to  real‐world  electronic 
health services. The article reports preliminary results in the form of proposed new functions, ideas on the ap‐
plicability of the theories and describes the outline of the iterative development process. The findings of this article 
base on development of electronic health services for cardiac patients performed in an on‐going project, which is 
executed during 2011–2013. 

BibTeX entry:

  title = {Electronic Health Services for Cardiac Patients: A Salutogenic Approach},
  author = {Lahtiranta, Janne and Koskinen, Jani},
  journal = {Finnish Journal of eHealth and eWelfare},
  volume = {5},
  number = {2-3},
  pages = {55–62},
  year = {2013},
  keywords = {services, patients, personal health records, personal health services, information systems},

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