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Colloquium - Siek

The Potential of Computing to Improve the Health Information Feedback Loop
Department of Computer Science

The health information feedback loop is the idea that people collect data about their health, share it with various decision maker stakeholders, and then receive personalized feedback about how to improve their health. This feedback loop relies on rich data collection, reflection, and personalization so that the individual can proactively manage their own health. My research explores how information communication technology (ICT) can assist in each of these areas.

Toward this end, my associates and I research how to design, develop, and evaluate innovative software systems and interfaces for empowering people to learn about and manage their own health. We work with high needs populations to ensure that health and wellness technologies and interfaces meet the needs of all citizens and not just the affluent or the fortunate. Finally, we broaden participation in eHealth research through innovative outreach to students and medical practitioners.

In this talk, I highlight two projects from my lab that contribute to the health informatics community by providing research-based design guidelines for eHealth applications. The first project, the Colorado Care Tablet, provides researchers with insights on how to design applications to better organize personal health information. In the second project, the Dietary Intake Monitoring Application, our guidelines for designing low literacy interfaces for chronically ill populations informed the development of an application that changed participants' health behaviors. I conclude the talk with a discussion on ways to make data collection more fun and easier to reflect on -- such as games for health, social networking, and wearable, ambient sensing.

Katie Siek is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder where she leads the Wellness Innovation and Interaction Lab. Her primary research interests are in human-computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, she is interested in how sociotechnical interventions affect personal health and well being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. Most recently, she received a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she completed her PhD and MS at Indiana University Bloomington in computer science and her BS in computer science at Eckerd College. She was a National Physical Science Consortium Fellow at Indiana University and a Ford Apprentice Scholar at Eckerd College.

Hosted by Tamara Sumner.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)