Consumer Informatics and Digital Health

Solutions for Health and Health Care

  • Margo Edmunds
  • Christopher Hass
  • Erin Holve

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Foundations of Consumer Informatics and Mobile Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. Christopher Gibbons, Yahya Shaikh
      Pages 25-41
    3. Ronald L. Copeland, Winston F. Wong, Jason Jones, Margo Edmunds
      Pages 43-59
  3. A New Ecosystem for Development and Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Christopher Hass, Margo Edmunds
      Pages 89-105
    3. Christopher Hass
      Pages 107-124
    4. Christopher Hass
      Pages 145-162
  4. Consumer-Centered and Consumer-Generated Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Adriana Arcia, Jacqueline A. Merrill, Suzanne Bakken
      Pages 183-203
    3. Mordechai D. Raskas, Kari Gali, Dana Aronson Schinasi, Shayan Vyas
      Pages 205-219
    4. Ellen Beckjord, David K. Ahern, Bradford Hesse
      Pages 245-274
  5. Policy and Regulatory Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Susan C. Hull, Margo Edmunds
      Pages 305-325
    3. Juergen Klenk, Philip R. O. Payne, Rasu Shrestha, Margo Edmunds
      Pages 337-357
    4. Julian C. Tomlins
      Pages 359-374
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 399-408

About this book


This unique collection synthesizes insights and evidence from innovators in consumer informatics and highlights the technical, behavioral, social, and policy issues driving digital health today and in the foreseeable future. Consumer Informatics and Digital Health presents the fundamentals of mobile health, reviews the evidence for consumer technology as a driver of health behavior change, and examines user experience and real-world technology design challenges and successes. Additionally, it , identifies key considerations for successfully engaging consumers in their own care, considers the ethics of using personal health information in research, and outlines implications for health system redesign. The editors’ integrative systems approach heralds a future of technological advances tempered by best practices drawn from today’s critical policy goals of patient engagement, community health promotion, and health equity. Here’s the inside view of consumer health informatics and key digital fields that students and professionals will find inspiring, informative, and thought-provoking. 

Included among the topics:

• Healthcare social media for consumer informatics.

• Understanding usability, accessibility, and human-centered design principles.

• Understanding the fundamentals of design for motivation and behavior change

• Digital tools for parents: innovations in pediatric urgent care.

• Behavioral medicine and informatics in the cancer community. 

• Content strategy: writing for health consumers on the web.

• Open science and the future of data analytics.

• Digital approaches to engage consumers in value-based purchasing.

Consumer Informatics and Digital Health takes an expansive view of the fields influencing consumer informatics and offers practical case-based guidance for a broad range of audiences, including students, educators, researchers, journalists, and policymakers interested in biomedical informatics, mobile health, information science, and population health. It has as much to offer readers in clinical fields such as medicine, nursing, and psychology as it does to those engaged in digital pursuits.


consumer health informatics mobile applications, social media, and health mobile health (mHealth) telehealth mobile monitoring personalized medicine quantified self communication science user-centered design user experience design (UX) patient experience genomic medicine precision medicine consumer engagement in health and health care usability and utility testing consumer-generated data ethical issues in consumer informatics and online content personal health data privacy and security technology consumer informatics

Editors and affiliations

  • Margo Edmunds
    • 1
  • Christopher Hass
    • 2
  • Erin Holve
    • 3
  1. 1.Washington, DCUSA
  2. 2.BostonUSA
  3. 3.Takoma ParkUSA

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