HSC 3070 Week 2 Assignment 2 Consumer Health Informatics
Consumer health informatics examines patient information from points of view such as health literacy, consumer knowledge, and education. The goal is to empower patients while giving them the knowledge they need to make their own health decisions. Consumer health informatics couples the consumers’ needs for information with their healthcare preferences to create a tailor-made medical experience.
The National Center for Biotechnology defines consumer health informatics (CHI) as:
Any tool or system primarily responsible for interacting with health information users or health information consumers
Any tool into which a patient inputs their health information and receives a body of health information
A tool or system where information or other benefits may be used with the assistance of a healthcare professional but doesn’t necessarily depend on a healthcare professional.
CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATICS APPLICATIONS
Patients are taking more responsibility for managing their health information. They organize their medical histories, lab findings and medications, so they need health IT applications specializing in organizing this information. Apps are built with patients in mind, showcasing features allowing users to share and sort information, giving them more control of their care.
Some categories of CHI apps include:
Apps facilitating knowledge and understanding of disease management
Apps facilitating the knowledge of observations of daily living (ODL’s)
Apps facilitating and promoting lifestyle management assistance
Apps facilitating patient health, preventative care and self-care/assisted care.
Health IT applications are being created for the Web, different messaging systems, and for mobile platforms, making them as convenient as possible for the patients who use them. CHI apps use reminders and prompts to provide up-to-date information on users’ health, reviewable by both patients and health providers. The apps also utilize support groups on the web so patients can communicate with each other about different medical subjects.
Discussion Questions (DQ)
• Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
• Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
• One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
• I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
• Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
• In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
• Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
• Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
• Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
• Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
• I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
• I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
• As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
• It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
• For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
• Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
• Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
• Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
• The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
• Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
• If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
• I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
• As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
• Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
o Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
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