2018 iConference, Sunday, March 25 – Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Sheffield, UK

Towards Meaningful Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities to Facilitating Information Flow and Use to Support Health and Wellness  – Sunday, March 25, 2018, 13:30 to 17:30

Charles Senteio, PhD, MSW, MBA
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Communication & Information
Department of Library and Information Science, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Christine T. Wolf, JD, PhD
Research Staff Member, IBM Research
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA

Despite rapid advances in health information-gathering technologies barriers persist between patients or health consumers and health care providers in not only sharing health information, but also in facilitating valuable engagement and use of health information. We will hold a half-day workshop at iConference 2018 to bring together a diverse range of participants from around the world to identify barriers to, and opportunities for, information sharing to support health and wellness. We focus on three workshop themes (health informatics; data analytics; and user experience design) to discuss the ongoing challenges in this area. We are interested in using this workshop to provide an arena for discussions about how to increase patient engagement through information use, given the rapid advances in health technologies, the diverse stakeholders implicated in the health context, and the ongoing challenges of designing for engagement.

The workshop is organized around three themes:

  1. Clinical Care Delivery – identifying facilitators of information flow and information needs at the point of care with a particular emphasis on emerging technology;
  2. Data Analytics – considering questions that arise from incorporating information gleaned from multiple and disparate data streams (e.g., technical feasibility; utility and quality of data sources; limitations of partial and incomplete data; risk of algorithmic bias);
  3. User Experience Design – considering the unique design challenges of increasing meaningful engagement and information flow in the health context, given the complexity of health and wellness information (e.g., challenges of health literacy and numeracy) as well as designing user experience given the considerable diversity of users (e.g., providers, patients, caregivers).

All interested researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and information science professionals are invited to submit a position paper (1200 word limit) in which they describe the topic they propose to discuss and how it relates to one or more of the three workshop themes. Interested individuals should submit their proposal to HealthInformatics.iConf2018@senteio.com by January 21, March 4, 2018 11:59pm GMT. Position papers should clearly indicate applicability to one or more of the three workshop themes and should include the following three sections:

  1. Topic/Project: indicate if the proposal describes a research project or practitioner experience. If proposal is part of a research project describe the topic and context, include methods and stage of the project. If the proposal describes practitioner experience, discuss relevancy to the workshop in context of the work.
  2. Tie to Themes: state how the proposal relates to one or more of the workshop themes
  3. Goals: state what you hope to get out of the workshop, indicate if there are other themes you would like to interface with in group breakouts.

Download the full Call for Proposals.