Social Media and Mobile Technologies for Healthcare

Social Media and Mobile Technologies for Healthcare

Mowafa Househ (College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia), Elizabeth Borycki (University of Victoria, Canada) and Andre Kushniruk (University of Victoria, Canada)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: June, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 372
ISBN13: 9781466661509|ISBN10: 146666150X|EISBN13: 9781466661516|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6150-9


In addition to social media’s prevalence for personal use, online networking tools are also gaining momentum in the healthcare field. Health information and patient discussion are embracing these technologies to create a more ubiquitous communication platform.

Social Media and Mobile Technologies for Healthcare provides insight on the tools that are integral to understanding and implementing emerging technologies in health-related fields. With an ever-growing presence of patients and health professionals on social networking sites, this book will provide insight into the effect of communication technologies on health services. This publication is useful for professionals and researchers in health informatics, as well as students, practitioners, clinicians, and academics.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinician-Centered Applications
  • Implementation Issues and Challenges
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile Technologies in Health
  • Patient-Centered Applications
  • Research Methodologies
  • Social Media in Health

Reviews and Testimonials

Contributed by an international group of health, information technology, and other specialists, the 17 chapters in this volume consider the frameworks, models, challenges, and applications of social media and mobile technologies in healthcare. They address issues in downloading mobile health applications, the use of social media by health communities of practice, incorporating usability testing, using mobile health technologies in the emergency department, the role of social media in healthcare, the role of the social in transforming personal healthcare management of chronic disease, providing credible and trustworthy information, and e-tools for the assessment, tracking, and treatment of diseases.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Mowafa Househ is an Assistant Professor and former Research Director at the College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Househ is also an adjunct professor at the University Of Victoria, School of Health Information Science, BC, Canada and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries. Dr. Househ’s primary research interests are on the use of information and communication technologies to empower patients and clinicians. His doctoral work focused on the empowerment of pharmacists, physicians, and academics in the use of collaborative technologies to facilitate knowledge translation research. His current work revolves on empowering patients through the use of social media, mobile health, and personal health records. Dr. Househ is a respected and published author within health informatics community. He has published in leading health informatics journals such as the International Journal of Medical Informatics, The Yearbook of Medical Informatics, and Applied Clinical Informatics.
Elizabeth Borycki, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Information Science and an Adjunct in Nursing at the University of Victoria. Elizabeth is a health informatics expert who conducts research in the areas of clinical informatics, patient safety, quality improvement, and organizational behaviour and change management involving Health Information Technology (HIT). Elizabeth employs qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches in her study of the effects of HIT upon patients, caregivers, and clinicians (e.g. physicians, nurses). She has represented Canada (as academic representative) and North America (member of the board of directors) to the International Medical Informatics Association, and her work is known internationally.
Andre Kushniruk is a Professor at the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria in Canada. Dr. Kushniruk conducts research in a number of areas including evaluation of the effects of technology, human-computer interaction in healthcare and other domains, as well as cognitive science. His work is known internationally, and he has published widely in the area of health informatics. Dr. Kushniruk has held academic positions at a number of Canadian universities and worked with major hospitals in both Canada, the United States, and internationally. He holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology, as well as a MSc in Computer Science from McMaster University and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from McGill University.