Consumer health informatics
Consumer health informatics is a specific focus within biomedical informatics pertaining to patients and their use of health-related information. Consumer health informatics addresses a range of topics, including health literacy, personal health records (PHRs), patient generated data, mHealth, human computer interaction (HCI), and consumer education. Research within this area is hence concerned with integrating patient information needs and preferences into effective design of processes and tools. This focus recognizes the potential for informed patients to manage their own care and make choices representative of their personal values and health goals. One of the most commonly available tools is the patient portal, often offered by a healthcare institution to provide access to personal health information. MII's current research looks at how patient portals can be better designed and integrative of the patient's own process of care, thereby providing more personalized, timely, and pertinent information that can help the individual understand their disease and choices.