Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care 2011 (Pennsylvania)

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Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care 2011 - 2012

Summary Highlights

  • Principal Investigator: 
  • Funding Mechanism: 
    PAR: HS09-231: Small Grant Program for Conference Support (R13)
  • Grant Number: 
    R13 HS 021058
  • Project Period: 
    October 2011 - September 2012
  • AHRQ Funding Amount: 
    $40,500
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Summary: A limiting factor to realizing the full potential of health information technology (IT) has been a low level of adoption and use. Research suggests that barriers to health IT adoption and use stem from a disconnect between the features or design of health IT and the needs of health care providers and patients. To better understand and support health care via IT, and to increase adoption and use, research initiatives are focusing on improving alignment of IT with user needs.

The Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare 2011 (WISH 2011) was intended to enable interdisciplinary dialog on health IT and interactive systems in health care, and to provide a forum for sharing research, experiences, and perspectives to progress health IT design and development. WISH 2011 was held on October 22, 2011, in conjunction with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C.

WISH 2011 was organized and led by co-chairs Drs. Madhu Reddy and Lena Mamykina. A steering committee comprised of biomedical informatics, public health, policy, and human-computer interaction professionals helped the co-chairs plan the workshop. The steering committee identified and recruited potential speakers, helped select topic areas for presentations, and reviewed and selected submissions for presentation at the workshop. The format of the workshop included keynote speakers; panel discussions; technical presentations on topics such as design, methodology, evaluation, and technology; informal breakout sessions; and poster sessions. Additionally, the workshop included a mentorship program to pair promising junior researchers and students with prominent senior researchers in a related field.

Specific Aims:

  • Develop research agendas for interactive systems in health care and identify strategies and mechanisms for studying them. (Achieved)
  • Discuss and develop consensus around research methodological and technical issues in regards to design and evaluation of interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)
  • Establish a new channel for dissemination and implementation of research on interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)
  • Provide a forum for developing new partnerships among researchers and stakeholder organizations, thereby building their capacity to participate in research activities and using the results of research on interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)
  • Establish a mentorship program for junior researchers in the field and provide them with the opportunity to meet with leading researchers in the areas related to interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)

2012 Activities: All activities for this project were completed in 2011. Based on the success of WISH 2011, WISH 2012 was held in conjunction with the 2012 AMIA Annual Symposium November 3-4 in Chicago, IL. WISH 2012 was organized and led by Dr. Wanda Pratt, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under grant number R13 HS 021925.

Impact and Findings: Four themes were consistently present during the proceedings of WISH 2011: 1) how to foster innovation in health IT, 2) the benefits and challenges of theory-driven health IT design, 3) the adoption and meaningful use of health IT, and 4) conducting interdisciplinary research in health IT. These themes are described and expanded on in a publication, Designing interactive systems in health care: A report on WISH 2011, authored by the co-chairs and organizer of WISH 2011 and published in Interactions.

Target Population: General

Strategic Goal: Not applicable

Business Goal: Synthesis and Dissemination

Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care 2011 - 2011

Summary Highlights

  • Principal Investigator: 
  • Funding Mechanism: 
    PAR: HS09-231: Small Grant Program for Conference Support (R13)
  • Grant Number: 
    R13 HS 021058
  • Project Period: 
    October 2011 - September 2012
  • AHRQ Funding Amount: 
    $40,500
  • PDF Version: 
    (PDF, 182.25 KB)

Summary: A limiting factor to realizing the full potential of health information technology (IT) has been its low level of adoption and use. Research suggests that barriers to health IT adoption and use stem from a disconnect between the features or design of health IT and the needs of health care providers and patients. To better understand and support health care via IT and increase adoption and use, research initiatives are focusing on improving alignment of IT with user needs.

The Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare 2011 (WISH 2011) was intended to enable interdisciplinary dialog on health IT and interactive systems in health care, and to provide a forum for sharing research, experiences, and perspectives that further enable progress in the design and development of health IT. WISH 2011 was held in conjunction with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C.

WISH is organized and led by co-chairs Drs. Madhu Reddy and Lena Mamykina. A multidisciplinary steering committee including members from the fields of biomedical informatics, public health, policy, and human-computer interaction helped the co-chairs plan the workshop. The steering committee identified and recruited potential speakers, assisted in choosing specific topic areas for presentations, and reviewed and selected submissions for presentation at the workshop. The format of the workshop included keynote speakers; panel discussions; technical presentations on topics such as design, methodology, evaluation, and technology; informal breakout sessions; and poster sessions. Additionally, the workshop included a mentorship program to pair promising junior researchers and students with prominent and experienced senior researchers in a related field.

WISH 2011 will be evaluated by administering online surveys to the workshop participants. Surveys will be sent out later in 2012 and will ask participants what they learned from the workshop, if they found the workshop to be of value, and whether they specifically attended the AMIA Annual Symposium in order to attend the workshop.

Specific Aims:

  • Develop research agendas for interactive systems in health care and identify strategies and mechanisms for studying them. (Achieved)
  • Discuss and develop consensus around research methodological and technical issues in regards to design and evaluation of interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)
  • Establish a new channel for dissemination and implementation of research on interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)
  • Provide a forum for developing new partnerships among researchers and stakeholder organizations thereby building their capacity to participate in research activities and using the results of research on interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)
  • Establish a mentorship program for junior researchers in the field and provide them with the opportunity to meet with leading researchers in the areas related to interactive systems in health care. (Achieved)

2011 Activities: WISH 2011 was held on October 22 as a 1-day interdisciplinary research symposium in conjunction with the AMIA Annual Symposium. The workshop included keynote presentations, panel discussions, and technical presentations all intended to break down barriers of health IT design, implementation, adoption, and use. One-hundred and ten people from a variety of disciplines attended WISH. Based on the feedback, interest, and value noted in holding this workshop, planning is in progress for WISH to be held again in 2013.

Preliminary Impact and Findings: Four themes were consistently present during the proceedings of WISH 2011: 1) how to foster innovation in health IT; 2) the benefits and challenges of theory-driven health IT design; 3) the adoption and meaningful use of health IT; and 4) conducting interdisciplinary research in health IT. These four themes are described and expanded on in a publication, Designing interactive systems in health care: A report on WISH 2011, authored by the co-chairs and organizer of WISH 2011 and published inInteractions.

Target Population: General

Strategic Goal: Not applicable

Business Goal: Synthesis and Dissemination

Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care 2011 - Final Report

Citation:
Reddy M. Workshop on Interactive Systems in Health Care 2011 - Final Report. (Prepared by Penn State University under Grant No. R13 HS021058). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2012. (PDF, 86.18 KB)

The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s), who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. No statement in this report should be construed as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Summary:

Low levels of adoption limit the full potential of health information technology (IT). Research suggests that barriers to health IT adoption and use stem from disparities between the features or design of health IT and the needs of health care providers and patients. This project supported the Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare 2011 (WISH 2011), which was intended to enable interdisciplinary dialog on health IT and interactive systems in health care, and to provide a forum for sharing research, experiences, and perspectives to advance health IT design and development. WISH 2011 was held in conjunction with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. The workshop included keynote speakers from the field of biomedical informatics and human-computer interaction; panel presentations that examined the interdisciplinary issues related to health IT; technical presentations on topics such as design, methodology, evaluation, and technology; informal breakout sessions; and a poster session. The primary aims of WISH 2011 were to:

  • Develop research agendas for interactive systems in health care and identify strategies and mechanisms for studying them.
  • Discuss and develop consensus around research methodological and technical issues in regards to design and evaluation of interactive systems in health care.
  • Establish a new channel for dissemination and implementation of research on interactive systems in health care.
  • Provide a forum for developing new partnerships among researchers and stakeholder organizations thereby building their capacity to participate in research activities and using the results of research on interactive systems in health care.
  • Establish a mentorship program for junior researchers in the field and provide them with the opportunity to meet with leading researchers in the areas related to interactive systems in health care.

More than 100 individuals from the fields of biomedical informatics and human-computer interactions attended WISH 2011. Four themes were consistently present during the workshop proceedings: 1) how to foster innovation in health IT; 2) benefits and challenges of theory-driven health IT design; 3) adoption and meaningful use of health IT; and 4) conducting interdisciplinary research in health IT. These themes are described and expanded upon in a publication, Designing interactive systems in health care: A report on WISH 2011, authored by the co-chairs and organizer of WISH 2011 and published in the magazine Interactions.