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Consumer Health Information Technology in the Home: A Guide for Human Factors Design Considerations


This guide, for designers and developers, provides information to help create and design health information technology (IT) applications that are easy to use by consumers to achieve better health at home. For home health care services, the guide assists health professionals on how to select tools to help people manage health concerns, monitor important indicators of their health, and communicate with their formal and informal caregivers.

Topics covered include the following:
  • Overview of health and health care at home, including who is involved and what they do
  • Encouragement to create new kinds of consumer health ITs to help people reach their health goals
  • Strategies to make consumer health ITs more acceptable and useful to people with different life situations
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Committee on the Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care; National Research Council

Funding Sources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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  • Release Date: 10/2011
  • Original Summary: 10/2012
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Last updated: June 04, 2014.