Consumer informatics and improving older adults??? e-health literacy
Bo Xie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
12% of US Adults have adequate Health Literacy.
eHealth Literacy is a lifelong process.
We need senior friendly design.
We also need to understand the wants of the consumer regarding eHealth Literacy.
Electronic Health Information for LifeLong Learners (eHiLL)
700 participants – majority socially, economically, technologically underserved.
Leverage existing infrastructure wherever possible. eg. Libraries, NIH sites.
Older Adults that graduate from training programs get incorporated in to participatory design sessions to develop new programs for older adults.
An exciting component of the research is looking at how to use Grand kids to promote cross generational learning.