But before they can benefit from online government, many Americans must get online. The US ranks 15th out of 30 industrialized nations in the percentage of citizens with access to the Internet. Obama promises to make Internet access as commonplace as telephone service.
With high-speed internet access all patients will have access to online interactions (and not just email!) with providers. Patients could be monitored from home if they need it. Patients would have access to healthy living information. Patients could manage their PHRs, find doctors, and compare quality of hospitals. The benefits of universal access for health care are nearly endless.