CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2019; 28(01): 158-164
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1677909
Section 7: Consumer Health Informatics and Education
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Essential Considerations for Successful Consumer Health Informatics Solutions

Nilmini Wickramasinghe
1  Swinburne University, Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne, Australia
2  Peter MacCallum, Melbourne, Australia
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16. August 2019 (online)



Objectives: To present the breadth and depth of Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) initiatives and in particular, identify areas to further enhance such solutions with the incorporation of advances in artificial intelligence (AI).

Methods: A literature review was conducted. Inclusion criteria focused on barriers and facilitators as well as key milestones for CHI over the last 10 years. In addition, significant international initiatives in regions and /or countries and opportunities to incorporate the advances of AI also made up the inclusion criteria. Exclusion criteria included factors that made reach/range of solutions to individuals or groups of individuals less than 50 people. Journals in Medline were accessed as well as the grey literature.

Results: 200 papers were identified but this was narrowed to 25 due to repetitions and similarities of the types of solutions presented. From this, it was possible to identify key barriers and facilitators including: socio-political factors, financial factors, infrastructure, as well as levels of health literacy.

Conclusions: The relatively nascent domain of CHI has developed and is growing. Full benefits will only be realized when more precision solutions that incorporate AI advances will be designed. The example of RxPredict is provided as a case vignette to illustrate.