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Interacting with eHealth: towards grand challenges for HCI

Schraefel, mc, P Andre, R White, T Berners-Lee, S Consolvo, R Jacobs, I Kohane, C Le Dantec, L Mamykina, G Marsden, B Shneiderman, P Szolovits and D Weitzner (2009) Interacting with eHealth: towards grand challenges for HCI. In Proceedings Human Factors in Computing Systems - ACM SIGCHI 2009 2, pages 3309-3313, Boston.

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While health records are increasingly stored electronically, we, as citizens, have little access to this data about ourselves. We are not used to thinking of these official records either as ours or as useful to us. We increasingly turn to the Web, however, to query any ache, pain or health goal we may have before consulting with health care professionals. Likewise, for proactive health care such as nutrition or fitness, or to find fellow-sufferers for post diagnosis support, we turn to online resources. There is a potential disconnect between points at which professional and lay eHealth data and resources intersect for preventative or proactive health care. Such gaps in information sharing may have direct impact on practices we decide to take up, the care we seek, or the support professionals offer. In this panel, we consider several places within proactive, preventative health care in particular HCI has a role towards enhancing health knowledge discovery and health support interaction. Our goal is to demonstrate how now is the time for eHealth to come to the forefront of the HCI research agenda.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
ID Code:589
Deposited By:Marsden, Gary
Deposited On:11 December 2009