Consumer health informatics is the field that studies and incorporates patient preferences, behaviors, tools, and technologies in order to help inform their decision making and manage their health. It is sometimes framed as the patient-centric branch of informatics that marries technology and healthcare to help patients manage their health, either alone or in conjunction with healthcare professionals.
The CCHIR was created in response to the dynamic changes in society's pharmacy-related needs. These include needs for pharmacy professionals to conduct research, integrate informatics tools and technologies into practice, and assume more substantial roles in public health.
Faculty and students at the CCHIR are currently involved with several mobile health (mHealth) studies investigating the use of mobile phone text messaging as well as the impact of cognition, health literacy, and the participatory medicine model on medication adherence. Center research also focuses on social media tools in healthcare such as the accuracy and readability of medicines information in Wikipedia and the use of social media by pharmacists. Online health information seeking behaviors by patients remains a priority research area as well. CCHIR also continuously reach out to establish national and international collaboration to explore potential Information Technology (IT) solutions that will enhance current healthcare practices.
No. While the CCHIR remains committed to service, efforts in this area are focused on cultivating relationships with partners for development of programmatic initiatives to benefit the surrounding community.
College of Pharmacy students will be taught by Center faculty in required health informatics and pharmacotherapy courses. Limited enrollment is available for elective courses, independent research projects, and a residency preparatory seminar taught by faculty as well. All CCHIR faculty also offer advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). A Neurocognitive Fellowship is also available.
The CCHIRs main goal is to effectively contribute to the 21st century healthcare upgrade. We see the value in bringing different expertise together for its potential synergistic effect. Interested students, faculty and collaborators can contribute to ongoing research projects as well as suggest innovative ideas to enhance current practices using Information Technology (IT).
Please contact Sarah Alameddine, Pharm.D., Director of the CCHIR if you have any suggestions or further questions.