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Patients' accurate assessment of health-related risk plays an important role in self-protective motivation and behavior change. Recent theories of behavior change treat risk perception in depth; however, less research has focused on how to draw on these theories to create convincing but intuitive explanations of risk to patients. 

At the CHI 2014 workshop on Personalizing Behavior Change Technologies, we advocated a new, personalized approach for presenting health-related risk to individuals, based on concrete information from similar patients. 

Advances in large-scale healthcare analytics have demonstrated the feasibility of computing inter-patient similarity through both knowledge-based and data-driven approaches. While originally designed based on physician use of patient data, analytics platforms could be designed to support compelling patient use cases as well.

At the workshop, we outlined the need and potential for patient-facing, clinical-similarity-based technologies to motivate health-related behavior change. We explored relevant conceptual frameworks that can inform the design and evaluation of these technologies, identified open questions related to the use of these frameworks, and explored the experiences and insights of others working in related application domains.

Lauren Wilcox & Jimeng Sun. Supporting Patient Assessment of Risk using Patient Similarity: Implications for Behavior Change.
Patient-Clinician Communication: Roadmap for Human-Computer Interaction

Organizing Committee:
Rupa Patel, University of Washington Lauren Wilcox, Columbia University
Anthony Back, University of WashingtonEric Horvitz, Microsoft Research
Wanda Pratt, University of Washington Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft Research
Paul Gorman, Oregon Health & Science

Our workshop engaged researchers, clinicians, designers, and engineers in issues surrounding technology to promote patient-clinician communication. Dr. Anthony Back, a leading researcher in patient-clinician communication, outlined his vision for health communication

Content from our day together, including the keynote, presentations by organizers and participants, and notes from group discussions can be found on our workshop web page.

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The Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) 2012 was held this year at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) annual symposium. Our panel discussed a range of electronic messaging technologies used in patient-clinician communication and addressed how patients are adopting different technologies to collaborate with clinicians.

Opportunities and Challenges in Designing Interactive Systems for Patient-Provider Communication

Xiaomu Zhou, Rutgers University Yunan Chen, University of California Irvine
Charlotte Tang, University of Michigan-FlintLauren Wilcox, Columbia University
Kai Zheng, University of Michigan

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Slides on MyNYP Inpatient
Physical activity tracking technologies have recently become more affordable, fashionable (or discrete), and widely available, while their accuracy has improved. This consumer-friendly shift makes use of these devices in personal health research seem promising. But most of the technical and user experience documentation describing these devices is created for a consumer audience.

Researchers are interested in additional criteria, such as:

  • Do they comply with standard development technologies employed in research systems (such as web-based programming languages and data acquisition protocols)?
  • Are they "usable" by study participants who will rely on them to capture activity data in a range of scenarios?
The UbiComp 2012 Workshop  Evaluating Off-the-Shelf Technologies for Personal Health Monitoring was a great opportunity to meet talented researchers using personal health monitoring technologies in their studies.

The morning session included presentations on wearable physical activity and sleep trackers  (Fitbit, Garmin Forerunner, Zeo, BodyMedia Armband & Actigraph, Droid Activity Tracking Applications). The afternoon session covered location tracking, Kinect-based drink monitoring, and mobile applications for medication tracking and stress reduction.

I presented a comparison of the FitBit and Garmin Forerunner activity monitors (recording and displaying distance, pace and/or cadence information, and physiological information such as current and average heart rate and calories burned). 

Workshop Study Proposal

During this productive workshop, we shared insights into how well each of these technologies can be integrated into research systems and studies and we formed a preliminary taxonomy of metrics and methods for measuring them. 
We've got an impressive Steering Committee lined up for the upcoming workshop and CHI 2010 is a great place for this event. There's a Call for Participation out now for presenting work. However, the event is open to the entire CHI community on the 11th.

Date: April 11, 2010


Location: Collocated with CHI 2010 in Atlanta, GA

In recent years, the biomedical informatics community has begun to recognize human-computer interaction (HCI) and better understanding of social and human elements as important to a sound Health IT strategy. Meanwhile, research in human-computer interaction has found health care a rich and interesting domain of inquiry. Despite this progress, however, there exists a largely untapped potential to create deeper and more profound connections among the medical, informatics, human-computer interaction, medical sociology and anthropology communities.

The Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH) will take place April 10th and 11th, 2010 in conjunction with the CHI 2010 conference. This event is designed to foster conversation and bridge communities and will include specialists in biomedical informatics, nursing informatics, medical sociology, human-computer interaction, and related fields.

 Gillian Hayes
 University of California, Irvine
 Workshop Co-Chair

Desney Tan

 Desney Tan
 Microsoft Research
 Workshop Co-Chair

 Lauren Wilcox
 Columbia University
The Interactive Visual Exploration of Electronic Health Records workshop, held at the University of Maryland this year, was a nice addition to their HCIL 2008 Symposium. I enjoyed seeing demos by PhD students and faculty members at the symposium. The workshop was a nice opportunity to meet others working in the areas of information visualization and visual analytics for clinical information.