Review ArticlesThe Role of Informatics in Promoting Patient-Centered CareSnyder, Claire F. PhD*; Wu, Albert W. MD, MPH†; Miller, Robert S. MD‡; Jensen, Roxanne E. PhD§; Bantug, Elissa T. MHS∥; Wolff, Antonio C. MD‡Author Information From the *Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; †Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD; ‡Breast Cancer Program, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; §Cancer Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; and ∥Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD. Conflicts of Interest and Sources of Funding: C.F.S., A.W.W., and A.C.W. have received funding from the National Cancer Institute (R21CA134805-01A1). C.F.S. and A.W.W. are supported by a Mentored Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (MRSG-08-011-01-CPPB). A.C.W., C.F.S., and E.T.B. have received funding from the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. R.E.J. has received funding from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (1U01AR057971-01) and National Cancer Institute (3U01AR057971-02S1). Reprints: Claire F. Snyder, PhD, Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 624 N Broadway, Room 657 Baltimore, MD 21205. E-mail: [email protected]. The Cancer Journal: July 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 211-218 doi: 10.1097/PPO.0b013e318225ff89 Buy Metrics Abstract Patient-centered care is an important aspect of high-quality care. Health informatics, particularly advances in technology, has the potential to facilitate, or detract from, patient-centered cancer care. Informatics can provide a mechanism for patients to provide their clinician(s) with critical information and to share information with family, friends, and other patients. This information may enable patients to exert greater control over their own care. Clinicians may use information systems (e.g., electronic medical records) to coordinate care and share information with other clinicians. Patients and clinicians may use communication tools and information resources to interact with one another in new ways. Caution in using new information resources is warranted to avoid reliance on biased or inappropriate data, and clinicians may need to direct patients to appropriate information resources. Perhaps the greatest challenge for both patients and providers is identifying information that is high quality and that enhances (and does not impede) their interactions. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.