This book offers demographic analysis, client appraisal, trial design, etc along with many examples to inform the conception and critical evaluation of consumer health informatics services. Patient safety, legal and ethical appraisal, and business models add to the systematic coverage. Regarding longevity and increase of chronic diseases traditional medical care faces tremendous financial and human resource problems. Is self-service medicine as follow up of traditional care or as an approach in its own right the answer? Are internet and app stores the place where self service medicine takes place? The book distinguishes stages of such an endeavour.
- Covers the topics in consumer health informatics in a systematic fashion
- Takes a didactic stance from the beginning
- Conveys a comprehensive perspective to students of health informatics?
Character of Consumer Health Informatics.- Economy 1: Demographics and health workforce.- Hazards in search of health information.- ICT enhanced services.- Virtual providers.- Patient wisdom leveraged.- Mobile apps.- Patient safety 1.- Metabolic syndrome.- Potential of basic SMS and IVR technology.- Smart homes.- Patient safety 2.- Privacy and data protection.- Patient-centered records and portals.- Clinical trial methodology.- Economy 2: Sustainability and scalability.- Law and ethics.