mHealth applications for diabetes: User preference and implications for app development
This study gauges diabetes app user opinion to inform development work. An analysis of diabetes mHealth apps informed design of a questionnaire sent to a random sample of 400 patients stratified by diabetes type and age. Responses were analysed by sub-group, and preferences were compared with current diabetes apps. App features included data storage/graphics, exercise tracking, health/diet, reminders/alarms, education. Questionnaire response rate was 59 per cent (234/400); 144/233 (62%) owned smartphones. Smartphone users expressed preference towards mHealth (101/142 (71%)), although diabetes use was low (12/163 (7%)). Res...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Conway, N., Campbell, I., Forbes, P., Cunningham, S., Wake, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Mobile devices in the operating room: Intended and unintended consequences for nurses work
This article reports the results of a case study of the consequences of mobile device use for the work practices of operating room nurses. The study identifies different patterns of mobile technology use by operating room nurses, including both work-related and non-work-related use. These patterns have multiple consequences for nurses, such as improvements in information access, e-learning and work-related communication, as well as a perceived increase in distractions from the collaborative work. We conceptualize these consequences in terms of three level effects and explain how we find both positive and negative consequen...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Sergeeva, A., Aij, K., van den Hooff, B., Huysman, M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A modular informatics platform for effective support of collaborative and multicenter studies in cardiology
Collaborative and multicenter studies permit a large number of patients to be enrolled within a reasonable time and providing the opportunity to collect different data. Informatics platforms play an important role in management, storage, and exchange of data between the participants involved in the study. In this article, we describe a modular informatics platform designed and developed to support collaborative and multicenter studies in cardiology. In each developed module, data management is implemented following local defined protocols. The modular characteristic of the developed platform allows independent transfer of ...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Marinelli, M., Positano, V., Lorenzoni, V., Caselli, C., Mangione, M., Marcheschi, P., Puzzuoli, S., Esposito, N., LAbbate, G. A., Neglia, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Improving National Trauma Data Bank(R) coding data reliability for traumatic injury using a prospective systems approach
Trauma centers manage an active Trauma Registry from which research, quality improvement, and epidemiologic information are extracted to ensure optimal care of the trauma patient. We evaluated coding procedures using the Relational Trauma Scoring System™ to determine the relative accuracy of the Relational Trauma Scoring System for coding diagnoses in comparison to the standard retrospective chart-based format. Charts from 150 patients admitted to a level I trauma service were abstracted using standard methods. These charts were then randomized and abstracted by trauma nurse clinicians with coding software aide. For ...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Ewing, M., Funk, G. A., Warren, A. M., Rapier, N., Reynolds, M., Bennett, M., Mastropieri, C., Foreman, M. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Assessment of eHealth capabilities and utilization in residential care settings
The US National Survey of Residential Care Facilities was used to conduct cross-sectional analyses of residential care facilities (n = 2302). Most residential care facilities lacked computerized capabilities for one or more of these capabilities in 2010. Lacking computerized systems supporting electronic health information exchange with pharmacies was associated with non-chain affiliation (p
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Towne, S. D., Lee, S., Li, Y., Smith, M. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Reduction of incorrect record accessing and charting patient electronic medical records in the perioperative environment
Opening and charting in the incorrect patient electronic record presents a patient safety issue. The authors investigated the prevalence of reported errors and whether efforts utilizing the anesthesia time-out and barcoding have decreased the incidence of errors in opening and charting in the patient electronic medical record in the perioperative environment. The authors queried the database for all surgeries and procedures requiring anesthesia from January 2009 to September 2012. Of the 115,760 records of anesthesia procedures identified, there were 57 instances of incorrect record opening and charting during the study pe...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rebello, E., Kee, S., Kowalski, A., Harun, N., Guindani, M., Goravanchi, F. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

How do carers of people with multiple sclerosis engage with websites containing the personal experiences of other carers and patients?
The Internet supports the peer-to-peer healthcare and the promotion of shared patient narratives. Websites incorporating these narratives or personal accounts are known to offer support to carers of people with multiple sclerosis, but little is known about how carers make choices about what websites to visit and why. In total, 20 carers viewed a range of websites and online personal accounts about multiple sclerosis and subsequently took part in either a group discussion or an individual interview, followed by 2 weeks and 12 months and later by a telephone interview. Data were subjected to thematic analysis with the aim of...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Sillence, E., Hardy, C., Briggs, P., Harris, P. R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A naturalistic patient matching algorithm: Derivation and validation
We describe a novel naturalistic approach that is a hybrid of both deterministic (exact) and probabilistic ("close") systems that allows for manual adjudication of cases where necessary, but whose basis stems from the thought processes that a rational individual would follow in the comparison of medical records. A validation of this algorithm using large databases from two disparate sources demonstrates that the naturalistic approach can largely eliminate false positives (false matches) and false negatives (false mismatches). (Source: Health Informatics Journal)
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lee, M. L., Clymer, R., Peters, K. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Application of process mining to assess the data quality of routinely collected time-based performance data sourced from electronic health records by validating process conformance
Effective and accurate use of routinely collected health data to produce Key Performance Indicator reporting is dependent on the underlying data quality. In this research, Process Mining methodology and tools were leveraged to assess the data quality of time-based Emergency Department data sourced from electronic health records. This research was done working closely with the domain experts to validate the process models. The hospital patient journey model was used to assess flow abnormalities which resulted from incorrect timestamp data used in time-based performance metrics. The research demonstrated process mining as a ...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Perimal-Lewis, L., Teubner, D., Hakendorf, P., Horwood, C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Health information needs, sources, and barriers of primary care patients to achieve patient-centered care: A literature review
Conclusion: Further research is warranted to assess how to create accurate and reliable health information sources for both Internet and non-Internet users. (Source: Health Informatics Journal)
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Clarke, M. A., Moore, J. L., Steege, L. M., Koopman, R. J., Belden, J. L., Canfield, S. M., Meadows, S. E., Elliott, S. G., Kim, M. S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Synoptic operative reports for spinal cord injury patients as a tool for data quality
The advent of synoptic operative reports has revolutionized how clinical data are captured at the time of care. In this article, an electronic synoptic operative report for spinal cord injury was implemented using interoperable standards, HL7 and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine–Clinical Terms. Subjects (N = 10) recruited for a pilot study completed recruitment and feedback questionnaires, and produced both an electronic synoptic operative report for spinal cord injury report and a dictated narrative operative report for an actual patient case. Results indicated heterogeneity by subjects in access and use of ele...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Paterson, G. I., Christie, S., Bonney, W., Thibault-Halman, G. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Transforming patient care by introducing an electronic medical records initiative in a developing country
The incorporation of an electronic medical record into patient care is a priority in developed countries, but faces significant obstacles for adoption in developing countries. The goal of our study was to define and assess the efficiency of a personalized intervention on village physicians’ use of electronic medical records in rural community health services of underprivileged areas. Six towns were selected with two bordering local health stations from each town. One was randomly given to the intervention group and the other to the control group. A structured on-site intervention was provided to village physicians in...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Shuaib, W., Suarez, J. M., Romero, J. D., Pamello, C. D., Alweis, R., Khan, A. A., Shah, S. R., Shahid, H., PierreCharles, S. B., Sanchez, L. R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Flutrack.org: Open-source and linked data for epidemiology
Epidemiology has made advances, thanks to the availability of real-time surveillance data and by leveraging the geographic analysis of incidents. There are many health information systems that visualize the symptoms of influenza-like illness on a digital map, which is suitable for end-users, but it does not afford further processing and analysis. Existing systems have emphasized the collection, analysis, and visualization of surveillance data, but they have neglected a modular and interoperable design that integrates high-resolution geo-location with real-time data. As a remedy, we have built an open-source project and we ...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Chorianopoulos, K., Talvis, K. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Searching for a sustainable process of service user and health professional online discussions to facilitate the implementation of e-health
This study explored this approach further in eight domains including Health Promotion, Mental Health, and Carers. Courses comprised webinar, 1-week closed discussion forum, and final webinar. Participants discussed 12 e-health topics. Course analysis identified that five out of eight domains ‘worked’. Participation was appreciated and service users influenced health professional thinking. The principle of service user–health professional online discussions to prepare for e-health implementation works for most domains, but the work of participant recruitment and forum management may make other methods, suc...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jones, R. B., Ashurst, E. J., Trappes-Lomax, T. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Feasibility and acceptability of SMS text messaging in a prostate cancer educational intervention for African American men
We report on the feasibility and acceptability of the use of short messaging service text messages in the intervention. Short messaging service text messages served as (1) workshop reminders; (2) post-workshop message reinforcement; (3) spiritual/motivational messages; and (4) participant retention. At workshop 4, over 65 percent of participants wished to continue receiving the messages. While there was an increase in recall over time, more than one-third of the participants did not recall receiving the 53 text messages. However, recall was considerably greater among men who attended the Men’s Prostate Awareness Chur...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Le, D., Holt, C. L., Saunders, D. R., Wang, M. Q., Coriolan, A., Savoy, A. D., Slade, J. L., Muwwakkil, B., Atkinson, N. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Usability and acceptability of balance exergames in older adults: A scoping review
Serious games (exergames) have the potential to be effective for postural balance and increasing muscle strength. Several games have been developed to increase physical fitness and balance among older adults. However, it is unclear to which degree usability and acceptability of exergames for older adults have been evaluated. The aim of this study was to summarize usability evaluation and acceptability of studies in older adults. We conducted a scoping review on studies focusing on usability of exergames for older adults. The result shows that older adults consider usability and acceptability of exercise video games good. T...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Nawaz, A., Skjaeret, N., Helbostad, J. L., Vereijken, B., Boulton, E., Svanaes, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Effects of an evidence-based computerized virtual clinician on low-density lipoprotein and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults without cardiovascular disease: The Interactive Cholesterol Advisory Tool
There is a lack of research on the use of electronic tools that guide patients toward reducing their cardiovascular disease risk. We conducted a 9-month clinical trial in which participants who were at low (n = 100) and moderate (n = 23) cardiovascular disease risk—based on the National Cholesterol Education Program III’s 10-year risk estimator—were randomized to usual care or to usual care plus use of an Interactive Cholesterol Advisory Tool during the first 8 weeks of the study. In the moderate-risk category, an interaction between treatment condition and Framingham risk estimate on low-density lipoprot...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Block, R. C., Abdolahi, A., Niemiec, C. P., Rigby, C. S., Williams, G. C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Integration of healthcare and financial information: Evaluation in a public hospital using a comprehensive approach
This study contributes a vision of interrelated work, in which tasks are shared and aims are jointly established. (Source: Health Informatics Journal)
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Escobar-Perez, B., Escobar-Rodriguez, T., Bartual-Sopena, L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Implementation factors affecting the large-scale deployment of digital health and well-being technologies: A qualitative study of the initial phases of the 'Living-It-Up programme
Little is known about the factors which facilitate or impede the large-scale deployment of health and well-being consumer technologies. The Living-It-Up project is a large-scale digital intervention led by NHS 24, aiming to transform health and well-being services delivery throughout Scotland. We conducted a qualitative study of the factors affecting the implementation and deployment of the Living-It-Up services. We collected a range of data during the initial phase of deployment, including semi-structured interviews (N = 6); participant observation sessions (N = 5) and meetings with key stakeholders (N = 3). We used the N...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Agbakoba, R., McGee-Lennon, M., Bouamrane, M.-M., Watson, N., Mair, F. S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Designing a spoken dialogue interface to an intelligent cognitive assistant for people with dementia
Intelligent cognitive assistants support people who need help performing everyday tasks by detecting when problems occur and providing tailored and context-sensitive assistance. Spoken dialogue interfaces allow users to interact with intelligent cognitive assistants while focusing on the task at hand. In order to establish requirements for voice interfaces to intelligent cognitive assistants, we conducted three focus groups with people with dementia, carers, and older people without a diagnosis of dementia. Analysis of the focus group data showed that voice and interaction style should be chosen based on the preferences of...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Wolters, M. K., Kelly, F., Kilgour, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Supporting Active Patient and Health Care Collaboration: A Prototype for Future Health Care Information Systems
This article presents and illustrates the main features of a proposed process-oriented approach for patient information distribution in future health care information systems, by using a prototype of a process support system. The development of the prototype was based on the Visuera method, which includes five defined steps. The results indicate that a visualized prototype is a suitable tool for illustrating both the opportunities and constraints of future ideas and solutions in e-Health. The main challenges for developing and implementing a fully functional process support system concern both technical and organizational/...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Ahlfeldt, R.-M., Persson, A., Rexhepi, H., Wahlander, K. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

How does joint procurement affect the design, customisation and usability of a hospital ePrescribing system?
The aim of this article is to explore the effect of the joint procurement model adopted during the English National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) on the customisation, design and usability of a hospital ePrescribing system. Drawing on qualitative data collected at two case study sites deploying an ePrescribing system jointly procured within one of the NPfIT’s geographical clusters, we explain how procurement decisions, difficult relationships with the supplier and strict contractual arrangements contributed to usability issues and difficulties in the customisation process. While some limited change req...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lee, L., Williams, R., Sheikh, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Towards a shared service centre for telemedicine: Telemedicine in Denmark, and a possible way forward
This article presents results from a multi-stakeholder project that developed a new concept, a ‘shared service centre’ for telemedicine that is envisioned as working across different telemedical initiatives to support the implementation and wider adoption of telemedicine. One year of participatory design and analysis of the shared service centre concept involved stakeholders, such as clinicians, patients, technicians, policy makers, lawyers, economists and information technology architects. More than 100 people contributed to the findings. Most of the ideas generated for potential centre support for telemedicin...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Larsen, S. B., Sorensen, N. S., Petersen, M. G., Kjeldsen, G. F. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Predictors of online health information seeking behavior: Changes between 2002 and 2012
This study explores and compares the effects that specific predictors had on online health information seeking behavior over a period of 10 years by integrating and analyzing two Pew datasets collected in 2002 and 2012. Hierarchical regression analyses indicate that socio-demographic factors and overall health condition are significant predictors that had an increasing impact on online health information seeking behavior. However, the impact of Internet usage decreased significantly from 2002 to 2012. A comparison across time contributes to a vertical understanding of the changes in online health information seeking behavi...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Li, J., Theng, Y.-L., Foo, S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Ethnic origin and access to electronic health services
This study investigated ethnic inequalities in access to e-health information, communication and electronic services in Israel. Based on the diversification hypothesis, we expected that disadvantaged ethnic groups would be more likely to use e-health services to compensate for their lack of social capital. Data gathered from a representative sample of Internet users in Israel (n=1371) provided partial support for the hypothesis, indicating that in multicultural societies, disadvantaged groups are more motivated than the majority group to use the Internet to access medical information. However, despite expectations, minorit...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - November 16, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mesch, G. S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Use of a smartphone application to screen for bipolar spectrum disorder in a community sample
This study describes the use of a smartphone application based on the Korean version of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire in screening for bipolar spectrum disorders in a large general population. All data were collected between May 2011 and July 2011. A total of 27,159 individuals participated in the survey, using a smartphone application. The prevalence of positive screening results for bipolar spectrum disorders among 27,159 participants using the smartphone Korean Mood Disorder Questionnaire application was 8.2 percent. These results are similar to traditional paper-based results. The Korean Mood Disorder Questionnaire p...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Woo, Y. S., Bahk, W.-M., Hong, J., Yoon, B.-H., Hwang, T.-Y., Kim, M.-D., Jon, D.-I. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Speech recognition acceptance by physicians: A temporal replication of a survey of expectations and experiences
In this study, 82 percent of the physicians were initially optimistic that the use of speech recognition technology with the electronic medical record was a good idea. After using the technology for 6 months, 87 percent of the physicians agreed that speech recognition technology was a good idea. In addition, 72 percent of the physicians in this study had an expectation that the use of speech recognition technology would save time. After use in the clinical environment, 51 percent of the participants reported time savings. The increased acceptance of speech recognition technology by physicians in this study was attributed t...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lyons, J. P., Sanders, S. A., Fredrick Cesene, D., Palmer, C., Mihalik, V. L., Weigel, T. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Designing and implementing maturity models in hospitals: An experience report from 5 years of research
This article therefore delineates the encountered challenges during the design and implementation of three maturity models for distinct improvement areas in hospitals. On the one hand, this study’s findings may serve as basis for refining existing maturity model design approaches. On the other hand, it may facilitate further research in domain-specific organizational design with maturity models. (Source: Health Informatics Journal)
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Blondiau, A., Mettler, T., Winter, R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Feasibility of utilizing a commercial eye tracker to assess electronic health record use during patient simulation
Numerous reports describe unintended consequences of electronic health record implementation. Having previously described physicians’ failures to recognize patient safety issues within our electronic health record simulation environment, we now report on our use of eye and screen-tracking technology to understand factors associated with poor error recognition during an intensive care unit–based electronic health record simulation. We linked performance on the simulation to standard eye and screen-tracking readouts including number of fixations, saccades, mouse clicks and screens visited. In addition, we develop...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Gold, J. A., Stephenson, L. E., Gorsuch, A., Parthasarathy, K., Mohan, V. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Usability, learnability and performance evaluation of Intelligent Research and Intervention Software: A delivery platform for eHealth interventions
Evaluation of an eHealth platform, Intelligent Research and Intervention Software was undertaken via cross-sectional survey of staff users and application performance monitoring. The platform is used to deliver psychosocial interventions across a range of clinical contexts, project scopes, and delivery modalities (e.g. hybrid telehealth, fully online self-managed, randomized control trials, and clinical service delivery). Intelligent Research and Intervention Software supports persuasive technology elements (e.g. tailoring, reminders, and personalization) as well as staff management tools. Results from the System Usability...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Wozney, L., McGrath, P. J., Newton, A., Huguet, A., Franklin, M., Perri, K., Leuschen, K., Toombs, E., Lingley-Pottie, P. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Assessing electronic health record systems in emergency departments: Using a decision analytic Bayesian model
This article evaluates the impact of an electronic health record on emergency department physicians’ diagnosis and admission decisions. A decision analytic approach using a decision tree was constructed to model the admission decision process to assess the added value of medical information retrieved from the electronic health record. Using a Bayesian statistical model, this method was evaluated on two coronary artery disease scenarios. The results show that the cases of coronary artery disease were better diagnosed when the electronic health record was consulted and led to more informed admission decisions. Furtherm...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Ben-Assuli, O., Leshno, M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Exploring perceptions and use of the electronic health record by parents of children with autism spectrum disorder: A qualitative study
This qualitative project used structured interviews with nine parents to examine perceptions of the electronic health record (EHR) and associated patient portal in the treatment of their child’s autism spectrum disorder. Thematic analysis identified six complementary themes including: Familiarity and exposure to the EHR, changing experience of care (streamlining appointments, providing more rapid medical record access, increasing clinician awareness of the complexity of their child’s medical treatment, and facilitating prescriptions), portal use, patient/EHR/portal interaction, interoperability, and mother as c...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Bush, R. A., Stahmer, A. C., Connelly, C. D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Combining transcranial ultrasound with intelligent communication methods to enhance the remote assessment and management of stroke patients: Framework for a technology demonstrator
With over 150,000 strokes in the United Kingdom every year, and more than 1 million living survivors, stroke is the third most common cause of death and the leading cause of severe physical disability among adults. A major challenge in administering timely treatment is determining whether the stroke is due to vascular blockage (ischaemic) or haemorrhage. For patients with ischaemic stroke, thrombolysis (i.e. pharmacological ‘clot-busting’) can improve outcomes when delivered swiftly after onset, and current National Health Service Quality Improvement Scotland guidelines are for thrombolytic therapy to be provid...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mort, A., Eadie, L., Regan, L., Macaden, A., Heaney, D., Bouamrane, M.-M., Rushworth, G., Wilson, P. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Mobile platform for treatment of stroke: A case study of tele-assistance
This article presents the technological solution of a tele-assistance process for stroke patients in acute phase in the Seville metropolitan area. The main objective of this process is to reduce time from symptom onset to treatment of acute phase stroke patients by means of telemedicine, regarding mobility between an intensive care unit ambulance and an expert center and activating the pre-hospital care phase. The technological platform covering the process has been defined following an interoperability model based on standards and with a focus on service-oriented architecture focus. Messaging definition has been designed ...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Torres Zenteno, A. H., Fernandez, F., Palomino-Garcia, A., Moniche, F., Escudero, I., Jimenez-Hernandez, M. D., Caballero, A., Escobar-Rodriguez, G., Parra, C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Development and preliminary testing of a web-based, self-help application for disaster-affected families
This article describes (a) the development of a novel web-based multi-module self-help intervention for disaster-affected adolescents and their parents and (b) a mixed-methods formal usability study to evaluate user response. A total of 24 adolescents were observed, videotaped, and interviewed as they used the depressed mood component of the self-help intervention. Quantitative results indicated an above-average user experience, and qualitative analysis identified 120 unique usability issues. We discuss the challenges of developing self-help applications, including design considerations and the value of usability testing i...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Yuen, E. K., Gros, K., Welsh, K. E., McCauley, J., Resnick, H. S., Danielson, C. K., Price, M., Ruggiero, K. J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Recruitment and retention in an SMS-based health education program: Lessons learned from Text2BHealthy
This study utilizes survey and focus group data from Text2BHealthy, a short messaging service–based nutrition and physical activity promotion program, to examine barriers to enrollment and facilitators of retention among parents of elementary school students. Results show that participants were hard to reach with recruitment materials, had difficulty with self-enrollment, and were apprehensive about program costs. However, 89–90 percent of participants were retained. Results suggest that providing manual enrollment options, alternative program delivery methods (e.g. email messages), and opportunities to reenrol...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Speirs, K. E., Grutzmacher, S. K., Munger, A. L., Messina, L. A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Development testing of mobile health interventions for cancer patient self-management: A review
As the vision of mobile health (mHealth) is beginning to be realized, rigorous intervention development protocols are needed in order to draw optimal efficacy and effectiveness to support patient-centered oncology care. The purpose of the current study was to conduct a review of published articles that describe the development process of mHealth interventions for patients’ cancer care self-management. The review search yielded 11 interventions, reported by 14 manuscripts. The following trends emerged: importance of stakeholder engagement during the development process, addressing the unique needs and experiences of c...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Darlow, S., Wen, K.-Y. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Users experiences of an emergency department patient admission predictive tool: A qualitative evaluation
Emergency department overcrowding is an increasing issue impacting patients, staff and quality of care, resulting in poor patient and system outcomes. In order to facilitate better management of emergency department resources, a patient admission predictive tool was developed and implemented. Evaluation of the tool’s accuracy and efficacy was complemented with a qualitative component that explicated the experiences of users and its impact upon their management strategies, and is the focus of this article. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 pertinent users, including bed managers, after-hours managers, ...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jessup, M., Crilly, J., Boyle, J., Wallis, M., Lind, J., Green, D., Fitzgerald, G. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

There comes a baby! What should I do? Smartphones pregnancy-related applications: A web-based overview
Our article aims to give an overview of the most mentioned smartphones’ pregnancy-related applications (Apps). A keywords string with selected keywords was entered both in a general search engine (Google®) and PubMed. While PubMed returned no pertinent results, a total of 370 web pages were found on Google®, and 146 of them were selected. All the pregnancy-related Apps cited at least eight times were included. Information about App’s producer, price, contents, privacy policy, and presence of a scientific board was collected. Finally, nine apps were considered. The majority of them were free and availabl...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Bert, F., Passi, S., Scaioli, G., Gualano, M. R., Siliquini, R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Factors influencing physicians knowledge sharing on web medical forums
Web medical forums are relatively unique as knowledge-sharing platforms because physicians participate exclusively as knowledge contributors and not as knowledge recipients. Using the perspective of social exchange theory and considering both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations, this study aims to elicit the factors that significantly influence the willingness of physicians to share professional knowledge on web medical forums and develops a research model to explore the motivations that underlie physicians’ knowledge-sharing attitudes. This model hypothesizes that constructs, including shared vision, reputation, alt...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lin, T. C., Lai, M. C., Yang, S. W. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The process of development of a prioritization tool for a clinical decision support build within a computerized provider order entry system: Experiences from St Lukes Health System
This study establishes a process for developing a prioritization tool for a clinical decision support build within a computerized provider order entry system that may be applicable to similar institutions. (Source: Health Informatics Journal)
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Wolf, M., Miller, S., DeJong, D., House, J. A., Dirks, C., Beasley, B. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Radio frequency identification-enabled capabilities in a healthcare context: An exploratory study
Increasingly, the adoption and use of radio frequency identification systems in hospital settings is gaining prominence. However, despite the transformative impact that radio frequency identification has in healthcare settings, few studies have examined how and why this change may occur. The purpose of this study is to systematically understand how radio frequency identification can transform work practices in an operational process that directly impacts cost and operational efficiency and indirectly contributes to impacting patient safety and quality of care. We leverage an interdisciplinary framework to explore the conte...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Hornyak, R., Lewis, M., Sankaranarayan, B. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Managing information well: Toward an ontology-driven informatics platform for data sharing and secondary use in epilepsy self-management research centers
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that requires active self-management to reduce personal and population burden. The Managing Epilepsy Well Network, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducts research on epilepsy self-management. There is an urgent need to develop an integrated informatics platform to maximize the secondary use of existing Managing Epilepsy Well Network data. We have implemented multiple steps to develop an informatics platform, including: (a) a survey of existing outcome data, (b) identification of common data elements, and (c) an integrated database using an epilepsy...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Sahoo, S. S., Zhang, G.-Q., Bamps, Y., Fraser, R., Stoll, S., Lhatoo, S. D., Tatsuoka, C., Sams, J., Welter, E., Sajatovic, M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Specific factors influencing information system/information and communication technology sourcing strategies in healthcare facilities
This study provides a set of internal and external factors with their impact levels. The findings also show that not enough attention is paid to these factors during decision-making. (Source: Health Informatics Journal)
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Potancok, M., Vorisek, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Toward automated classification of consumers cancer-related questions with a new taxonomy of expected answer types
This article examines methods for automated question classification applied to cancer-related questions that people have asked on the web. This work is part of a broader effort to provide automated question answering for health education. We created a new corpus of consumer-health questions related to cancer and a new taxonomy for those questions. We then compared the effectiveness of different statistical methods for developing classifiers, including weighted classification and resampling. Basic methods for building classifiers were limited by the high variability in the natural distribution of questions and typical refin...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: McRoy, S., Jones, S., Kurmally, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

SENHANCE: A Semantic Web framework for integrating social and hardware sensors in e-Health
We present the design of our prototype framework, SENHANCE, and our findings from its pilot application in the NutriHeAl project, where a Facebook app is integrated with Fitbit digital pedometers for Lifestyle monitoring. (Source: Health Informatics Journal)
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Pagkalos, I., Petrou, L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Electronic reporting of all reference laboratory results: An important step toward a truly all-encompassing, integrated health record
This article describes a multi-pronged, long-term approach that includes bringing send-out tests in-house, upgrading the laboratory information system, interfacing more send-out tests and more reference laboratories, utilizing the "miscellaneous assay" option offered by some reference laboratories, and scanning all remaining paper reports from reference laboratories for display in the electronic health record. This allowed all laboratory results obtained in association with a patient visit, whether performed in-house or at a reference laboratory, to be available in the integrated electronic health record. This wa...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Kratz, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A model for the evaluation of data quality in health unit websites
This article presents a research work, the goal of which was to achieve a model for the evaluation of data quality in institutional websites of health units in a broad and balanced way. We have carried out a literature review of the available approaches for the evaluation of website content quality, in order to identify the most recurrent dimensions and attributes, and we have also carried out a Delphi method process with experts in order to reach an adequate set of attributes and their respective weights for the measurement of content quality. The results obtained revealed a high level of consensus among the experts who p...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Leite, P., Goncalves, J., Teixeira, P., Rocha, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Communicating Ebola through social media and electronic news media outlets: A cross-sectional study
Social media and electronic news media activity are an important source of information for the general public. Yet, there is a dearth of research exploring the use of Twitter and electronic news outlets during significant worldly events such as the recent Ebola Virus scare. The purpose of this article is to investigate the use of Twitter and electronic news media outlets in communicating Ebola Virus information. A cross-sectional survey of Twitter data and Google News Trend data from 30 September till 29 October, 2014 was conducted. Between 30 September and 29 October, there were approximately 26 million tweets (25,925,152...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Househ, M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Increasing physical activity through mobile device interventions: A systematic review
Physical inactivity is a health problem that affects people worldwide and has been identified as the fourth largest risk factor for overall mortality (contributing to 6% of deaths globally). Many researchers have tried to increase physical activity levels through traditional methods without much success. Thus, many researchers are turning to mobile technology as an emerging method for changing health behaviours. This systematic review sought to summarise and update the existing scientific literature on increasing physical activity through mobile device interventions, taking into account the methodological quality of the st...
Source: Health Informatics Journal - August 8, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muntaner, A., Vidal-Conti, J., Palou, P. Tags: Articles Source Type: research