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Consumer Informatics - Chapter Summary
Get an overview of consumer informatics with this self-paced study guide chapter. Through a series of simple and engaging lessons, you'll become familiar with concepts like health literacy, consumer health informatics and patient-centered care. You'll also take a look at the functions of consumer health technologies, telemedicine, patient portals, and electronic health records. Access this chapter on any computer or mobile device, and be sure to try the accompanying lesson quizzes to reinforce your understanding of these topics. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Define consumer health informatics
- Explain how telemedicine improves patient care
- Recognize the components of patient portals
- Differentiate between electronic and personal health records
- Compare types of physician and patient electronic communication
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of using social media in consumer health
- Discuss concepts pertaining to patient-centered care and informatics
- Identify the characteristics of an ePatient
- Evaluate the uses of eHealth/mHealth applications, as well as other consumer health informatics technologies
- Define the concept of health literacy
1. What is Consumer Health Informatics? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn what distinguishes informatics from health informatics from consumer health informatics. Finally, learn about examples of technologies that empower consumers to make their own healthcare decisions.
2. Patient Care through Telemedicine
Telemedicine is the use of technology to better connect patients with their healthcare providers for the management of their health conditions. In this lesson, learn more about the process of telemedicine and how it is already being used today.
3. Patient Portals: Definition & Components
This lesson goes over something known as a patient portal. First, you'll learn what it is and then you will learn what is included in a common patient portal.
4. Personal Health Records vs. Electronic Health Care Records
Healthcare has been adopting electronic medical records over the last decade. This lesson will discuss the similarities and differences between personal health records and electronic health care records.
5. Patient & Physician Electronic Communication: Types & Examples
This lesson goes over the many different ways by which patients and physicians can communicate with one another, as well as the potential pitfalls of many of them.
6. Social Media & Consumer Health Issues: Impact, Pros & Cons
The use of the Internet and of social media has become almost universal, and both patients and providers often use these tools in healthcare. This lesson is about the impact of social media on health issues and the pros and cons of its usage.
7. Informatics & Patient-Centered Care: Concepts & Uses
Patients are the center of this lesson, which explores the ways in which healthcare has blended information technology with patient-centered care to improve quality, access, and engagement of patients in their care.
8. What is an ePatient? - Definition & Characteristics
This lesson is going to define a concept known as an ePatient. You may not know who this is, but you might be one already! You'll also learn about some of the many characteristics of such an individual.
9. What are eHealth & mHealth Applications? - Definition & Uses
This lesson will discuss electronic health and mobile health applications and how these technologies are leveraged to create a more efficient, cost-effective, and consumer-friendly healthcare experience.
10. Consumer Health Informatics Technology: Applications & Uses
This lesson will discuss emerging health informatics technology that allows consumers to take a more active role in managing their healthcare and how it can be leveraged to communicate more effectively and increase consumer convenience.
11. What Is Health Literacy? - Definition & Assessment
In this lesson you will learn about health literacy and its health implications. You will also learn why health literacy it is important and how to improve it. You will be introduced to the various tools available for measuring health literacy.
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Other chapters within the Health 309: Healthcare Informatics course
- Introduction to Health Care Informatics
- Using Data & Databases in Health Care Informatics
- Electronic Health Records & Evidence-Based Practices
- Best Practices in Information Technology
- Project Development
- TeleHealth Overview
- Health Care Professionals & Technology Evaluation
- Trends in Health Care Informatics
- Required Assignments for Health 309