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Jina Huh Yoo
MEBI 591
Seattle Campus

Biomedical Health Informatics Research Colloquium

Provides forum for extensive interactive research discussions. Format is round table with short presentations and long facilitated discussion amongst students and core BHI faculty. Both students and faculty present. Topics primarily research focused (ongoing and proposed research.), but also journal articles, current topics of debate, and other. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Welcome to MEBI 591. In this course, we will explore designing online technologies for supporting patient self-management. Our goals are to understand: (1) health information needs that emerge during patient self-management, (2) the ways in which current online technologies help (or not help) such information needs to be fulfilled, and (3) what future online technologies may be able to help provide safe and high quality information support for patients.

Most chronic illness management happens at home by the patients themselves and their caregivers. A national survey in July 2012 by the Pew Research Center finds that patients and caregivers increasingly use the Internet to find and share information about symptoms, treatments, and support. In this seminar, we explore designing online technologies for patient self-management. We will explore patientsí information needs during self-management, how such needs are supported by the existing health care system, how current online information technologies (e.g., online patient communities, games, mobile apps, social media) attempt to support such information needs, and how future online technologies should be designed to support patient self-management.

The course will run on a journal club format. We expect each participant to select and present a paper during one of the course sessions. Some articles will be theory oriented, while others will explore design and evaluations of existing information technologies. By using this format, we encourage collective learning to occur, where the course participants contribute their expertise on the topics they are most interested in while learning from others on the topics that they have less experiences in.

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Last Update by Jina Huh Yoo
Date: 09/21/2012