Abstract No. 1036 (Free Standing Paper) : PARTNERS IN CARE WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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Liaw ST
The University of Melbourne Department of Public Health & Community Medicine, 200 Berkeley Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
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Background:
Like general practice, consumer health informatics is concerned with the meaningful sharing of health information to inform and improve health care decision making, with the ultimate objective of improving the health and health care of consumers and patients.
Objective:
Examine the role of GP/FPs (i.e. WONCA) in patient participation and consumer health informatics.
Methods: Review the literature and current activities in consumer health informatics (e.g. the American Medical Informatics Association and the United Kingdom NHS Patient Partnerships Program) and workshop the issues.
Discussion:
At the 1977 Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics Conference in Sydney, 15 health care providers from 4 countries and 6 states of Australia workshopped consumer and patient health informatics issues. Health information to be shared with consumers may general or patient-specific, which raises significant privacy and confidentiality issues. Health care decisions depend on a combination of the following interacting factors:
(1) available information,
(2) resources available,
(3) relevance and usefulness of the decision,
(4) values and preferences of the decision-makers, and
(5) the ability to incorporate the information effectively in decisions. Information quality (content relevance, currency and presentation), and information security, confidentiality, accessibility and availability are generic issues for all health information resources.
Most importantly, the presentation of the material should facilitate and assist the consumer to incorporate the information effectively in the health care decisions and encourage patient participation. Consumer health informatics can place the patient and the electronic patient record at the centre of the health care system and the health care information management system respectively.