Isaac Newton Acquah

Lunchtime Seminar - Design, Development, and Evaluation of Patient-Centered Health IT Applications

Tuesday, 7. July 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00, Leo 18

SPEAKER: Ali Sunyaev is an assistant professor at the Department of Information Systems, University of Cologne, Germany. Ali has published several international journal articles (including articles in journals such as Journal of Information Technology (JIT), Communications of the ACM (CACM), ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality (ACM JDIQ), IEEE Software, IEEE Computer, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI), AIS Transactions on Enterprise Systems (AIS TES), Business & Information Systems Engineering (BISE), Electronic Markets (EM) and Communications of the AIS (CAIS)). His research interests include design, management and quality of information systems, development of innovative health IT applications, and information privacy. 

TITLE: Design, Development, and Evaluation of Patient-Centered Health IT Applications

ABSTRACT: The health care environment is changing. While paternalism was the dominating paradigm for ages, the focus is now shifting to the individual patient and on empowering patients' to take an active role in their own health care. The increasing patient-centeredness reflects also on the health care information systems landscape. We investigate arising challenges from various perspectives including development of patient-centered health IT services as well as evaluation of information provision in and on patient-centered health IT. In this talk, we will briefly outline patient-centered health IT and present some of our current research projects in this research area: A patient-centered health IT service (ePill - electronic patient information leaflet) targets the prevalent problem of medication compliance through enhanced information provision. ePill accomplishes three core tasks, medication information retrieval, medication information aggregation, and medication information refinement. In the domain of mHealth apps, we assessed information security and information privacy implications, identified prevalent mHealth app archetypes, and analyzed availability of quality of privacy policies for the 300 most commonly used mHealth apps available for Android as well as iOS. Patient-centered health care information systems promote new opportunities for information systems while simultaneously creating a variety of cross-disciplinary issues and challenges calling for research.

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