Vision and Mission

This is a project for innovation and applied research in the design, implementation, management and use of health information technology (HIT). HIT includes, but is not limited to the following: health records, telehealth, and consumer health informatics.

We foster creative collaborations with healthcare providers, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government and others in academia. Our goal is meaningful use of HIT by health professionals and consumers in support of sustainable quality, improved access, and enhanced opportunities for consumer engagement in healthcare. This use can best emerge from health professionals and consumers acting as co-creators and collaborative users of health information.

Current Focus

We are engaging with diverse stakeholders involved with innovation in consumer health information. As we move forward, the following aspects of consumer health information technology will be on our agenda: privacy, quality, accessibility, portability, ownership, trust, and usability by both consumer and clinician.

On April 14, 2010, we hosted a panel of organization leaders who provided differing perspectives of consumers, providers, insurers and technology. Each panelist discussed consumer based e-health innovations which their organization have chosen to support, reasons behind those choices, and the primary barriers and challenges they have encountered. The panel was followed by extensive audience Q&A.

Panelists included John Halamka, MD, CIO of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Rob Havasy of the Center for Connected Health, Partners Healthcare; John Kelly of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Moderator Tom Sullivan, MD, cardiologist and Past President of Massachusetts Medical Society. For more details and photos of the event, click here.

For more information, Please contact
Arnold Kamis, Ph.D.
phone: 617.973.1161
email: akamis@suffolk.edu

Peter Rivard, Ph.D.
phone: 617.573.8318
email: privard@suffolk.edu