Consumer Health Informatics is the field devoted to informatics from multiple consumer or patient views. These include patient-focused informatics, health literacy and consumer education. The focus is on information structures and processes that empower consumers to manage their own health--for example health information literacy, consumer-friendly language, personal health records, and Internet-based strategies and resources. The shift in this view of informatics analyzes consumers' needs for information; studies and implements methods for making information accessible to consumers; and models and integrates consumers' preferences into health information systems. Consumer informatics stands at the crossroads of other disciplines, such as nursing informatics, public health, health promotion, health education, library science, and communication science.
Working Groups & Communities
AMIA membership includes participation in related working groups and communities including the Consumer and Pervasive Health Informatics Working Group.
Meetings & Events
Each year, AMIA hosts the Annual Symposium. The variety of offerings at the AMIA Symposium assure that all attending will find new and exciting ideas to inspire them as they develop their careers or mentor our up and coming informaticians.
AMIA offers virtual distance learning informatics training through 10x10 courses presented by university partners. More than 35,000 CE credits have been granted through the 10x10 program.
Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, AMIA, and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) offer this special version of the 10x10 course aimed at RDs and DTRs. The content is geared to nutrition and the in-person session takes place at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Exposition.