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Empowered Consumers and the Health Care Team: A Dynamic Model of Health Informatics

Mancuso, Peggy J. PhD, RN, CNM; Myneni, Sahiti PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000101
Technologies, Nursing & Health
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This article presents a dynamic new model of health informatics. Within the model, the focus of health informatics changes from the provider to the consumer and incorporates the dynamic relationship of technological change to health care. Bioinformatics is the scientific discipline that is translated into care through the practice of health informatics. The loci of health informatics practices are the consumer (consumer informatics), the patient (clinical informatics), and the community (public health informatics). The continuum from individual to community interacts with and contributes to health care technology, which is represented as a constantly changing progressive wave.

The Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University, Dallas (Dr Mancuso); and University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics and University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston (Dr Myneni).

Correspondence: Peggy Mancuso, PhD, RN, CNM, College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University, 5500 Southwestern Medical Ave, Dallas, TX 75235 (pmancuso@twu.edu).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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