Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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| Editors: Marc Gellman

Consumer Health Informatics

  • Robin AustinEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_102006-1



Consumer health informatics (CHI), a specialty field of health informatics, focuses on education, practice, research, and policy specifically for the health consumer.



In the last decade, there has been an increased focus on consumer or patient engagement and empowerment in healthcare. As consumers are taking a more active role in their care, health information technology (HIT), specifically consumer-directed technologies, is being used to enable ability to communicate, share information, and collaborate across health settings (Lai et al. 2017). Patients with access to consumer-focused technologies can also increase access to care, allow more control of over their health information, possibly reduce barriers to care, and assist in self-management behaviors (Knight and Shea 2014). Consumer health informatics (CHI), a specialty field of health informatics, focuses on...

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References and Further Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Lattie
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Behavioral Intervention TechnologiesNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA