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Paper Wins Award at ACM International Health Informatics Symposium


August 2010

A paper by University of Colorado researchers has received a "Best Regular Paper Award" at the 1st ACM International Health Informatics Symposium:

Designing a Personal Health Application for Older Adults to Manage Medications

Danish U. Khan
Katie A. Siek
Leah Haverhals
Steven Cali
Stephen E. Ross
Jane Meyers

Older adults with multiple chronic conditions are prone to care transitions, such as seeing a new doctor or being discharged after a prolonged hospital stay. These transitions are often uncoordinated and can imperil patients by omitted, duplicative, or contradictory treatment plans. We developed an open source, web-based Personal Health Application (PHA) using an iterative participatory design process that provides older adults and their caregivers the ability to manage their personal health information during care transitions. We report our findings from six user studies that establish the imperative need for interdisciplinary research and collaboration among all stakeholders -- patients, caregivers, health professionals, designers, and health informaticians -- to create effective PHAs. We conclude the paper with design guidelines for PHA systems informed by users' current practices and the iterative design of our PHA.

Khan is a PhD student working with Professor Siek, while Meyers is a PhD student working with Professor Michael Eisenberg, both in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Haverhals and Cali are research assistants working with Dr. Ross, MD -- an Associate Professor in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and the Informatics Educational Support Director at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Research Informatics Integrated Core.

Personal Health Application

The research on designing the Colorado Care Tablet presented in this paper was funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Project HealthDesign grant, with Ross and Siek as principal investigators.

The Department of Computer Science will also be represented at the conference by two additional papers:

Health Sense: A Gedanken Experiment on Persuasive Wearable Technology for Health Awareness

by Swaminathan Ananthanarayan and Katie A. Siek

An Architecture for Complex Clinical Question Answering

by Rodney Nielsen, James Masanz, Philip Ogren, Wayne Ward, James Martin, Martha Palmer, and Guergana Savova

The conference is the premier international forum concerned with the application of computer and information science principles and information and communication technology to problems in healthcare, public health, the delivery of healthcare services and consumer health as well as the related social and ethical issues. It will be held November 11-12, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia.

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