Computer Literacy

In order to access health information online and participate in virtual support groups a patient needs to have a basic understanding of how to use a computer and how to navigate their way around the internet.  The first thing you need in order to access the internet is an internet service provider such as Comcast, CenturyLink, Vivint or another provider.  Different providers have better internet access in different areas and they run at different speeds.  You can also access the internet through WiFi which is wireless internet connection.  Many places in the community give access to internet for free when you are in their facilities.

There are many different web browsers you can choose from; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and others.  Although some websites work better with certain browsers, for the most part each of the browsers will give you the same outcome.  Random Access Memory (RAM) is a program on your computer that saves information while you are viewing it.  The more RAM your computer has, the faster it will run.  If your computer is running slowly, try closing out of some of the web browsers you have open because this will open more space on your RAM and allow it to move faster.

Through internet programs you can also have access to virtual clouds.  This gives you the ability to save information online so that you can have access to it anywhere that you have internet.  This is a useful tool when it comes to updating your patient health portal.  You can view it anywhere and can show it to your doctor when you are in his office.  Although it can be overwhelming at first, once you become familiar with using the internet it will be a great tool in helping you to manage your illness.



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