Health Informatics

Health Informatics

Improving the ability to access, understand, and make use of health information.

Research Projects

CHS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Teachable Activity Trackers for Older Adults

Principal Investigator(s): Eun Kyoung Choe
Pushing the boundaries of how personal tracking devices, such as smart watches, can better support older adults---by identifying what health/activities data would be most useful for older adults if tracked, how to collect/track this data, and utilizing this information to develop a new personalized, multimodal activity tracker.

Designing a Crowdsourced Repository of Local Resources for Individuals who have Chronic Health Conditions

Self-management support is a critical component of effective chronic illness care. Individuals who have chronic health conditions often require intensive support to make sustainable long-term lifestyle changes to improve and maintain their health. While there is strong existing literature on the lifestyle and health decisions of the chronically ill, their information needs are understudied.

Understanding the Effect of Media in Dementia Attitudes

Investigator(s): Himanshi Manglunia, Shruti Hegde
Attitudes towards dementia have concrete impacts on the ability of people with dementia to maintain and create social connections with others, to engage in meaningful activity, and to receive appropriate and respectful care.

Health Informatics News

The Associated Press: Despite Promise, Few in US Adopting COVID-19 Exposure Apps, featuring Jessica Vitak

  • iSchool News

    Dr. Jessica Vitak explains why Americans have been hesitant to use COVID-19 contact tracing smartphone tools. 

University of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon, and Facebook Team Up to Forecast Coronavirus Spread

  • Press Release

    Data shared by 30M+ Facebook users world-wide will enable earlier detection of COVID-19 outbreaks, help communities to prepare, inform policymakers, and reveal patterns in effective preventative measures.

Faculty Spotlight: Adjunct Lecturer, Nancy Roderer

  • iSchool News

    An "iSchool hanger-on," Nancy began a long association with the school as a student and has returned sporadically over the years to teach, advise, and work on projects.