Consumer Health Informatics: Informing Consumers and Improving Health Care / Edition 1

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Edited by five leaders in the field of health informatics, Consumer Health Informatics explores all aspects of this evolving science. This comprehensive volume will be an indispensable tool for both professionals and students as it details the broad scope of consumer health informatics and its impact on today's progressive and ever-changing world of health care. The inclusion of several case studies serves to examine pertinent topics, namely computer-based information for cancer; National Library of Medicine initiatives; and web-based patient preferences and utilities. Designed for use by medical IT specialists, physicians, nurses, healthcare providers, and professors and students of medical informatics, the book's chapter highlights include patient empowerment; frameworks and models for health behavior change and patient education; patient to patient communication; patient to provider communication; privacy and confidentiality; ethical issues; evaluation methods, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Magdalyn Patyk, MS, BSN (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the advances made in the field of consumer health informatics. The editors effectively illustrate these advances by including descriptions of specific model programs and related research "that seek to build new information sharing strategies."
Purpose: The purpose is to provide insights into the science of consumer health informatics and lead healthcare professionals to explore and implement new information sharing strategies that will not only guide the growth of this science but ultimately assist in improving the quality of patient care.
Audience: This book targets health professionals who strive to improve patient-provider communications through innovative methods of information sharing.
Features: This book in logically organized and stages the information for the reader — an effective learning strategy. It begins by defining consumer health informatics (CHI) and then draws the reader in by highlighting how informatics can benefit both the healthcare consumer and provider. CHI design, delivery, qualitative evaluation, and security are discussed. Finally, the real-life program examples help to complete the CHI "picture" for the reader. The book highlights the importance of addressing health literacy and utilizing sound educational principles.
Assessment: The editors have done an admirable job of bringing together leaders in the field of consumer health informatics. Together, their contributions have described consumer heath informatics concepts. Relating current research and program applications spurred me to further explore these strategies to meet the patient/consumer health information needs. This book is an excellent resource for healthcare professionals wishing to move into the electronic world to improve patient-provider communications.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441920218
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Health Informatics Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 0.59 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Consumer Health Informatics.- Empowered Consumers.- Tailored Health Communication.- Design and Evaluation of Consumer Health Information Web Sites.- Information Delivery Methods.- Delivery of Online Learning for Healthcare Consumers.- Qualitative Evaluation in Consumer Health Informatics.- Patient-to-Patient Communication: Support Groups and Virtual Communities.- Electronic Patient-Centered Communication: E-Mail and Other E-Ways to Communicate Clinically.- Consumer Health Vocabulary.- Disability Informatics.- Ethical Issues in Consumer Health Informatics.- Social Informatics and Consumer Health.- Security of Healthcare Information Systems.- The National Library of Medicine Reaches Out to Consumers.- Baby CareLink: Collaborative Tools to Support Families.- CHOICEs: Patients as Participants in Shared Care Planning at the Point of Care.- MedCERTAIN/MedCIRCLE: Using Semantic Web Technologies for Quality Management of Health Information on the Web.- The MI-HEART Project.- CHESS: 10 Years of Research and Development in Consumer Health Informatics for Broad Populations, Including the Underserved.

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