Meeting 6: Roundtable on Health Literacy - eHealth and Health Literacy

When: March 17, 2008 (9:00 AM Eastern)

Topics Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Roundtable on Health Literacy
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

The sixth meeting of the Roundtable on Health Literacy was the workshop on Health Literacy, eHealth, and Communication: Putting the Consumer First. This meeting took place on Monday, March 17th, from 9 to 5, in the Lecture room of the National Academies of Science, at 2100 C St. NW .


GOAL: To obtain information on the current status, barriers, and steps to be taken to facilitate eHealth strategies that incorporate needs of populations with low health literacy and language barriers.

OBJECTIVES: To organize presentations to address the following questions:
1. What is the current status of communication technology, particularly electronic health records systems?
2. What are the challenges of communication technology use for populations with low health literacy?
3. What are strategies for increasing the benefit of these technologies for populations with low health literacy? 

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Overview George Isham, Roundtable Chair
Overview of the Issues

9:15-9:35 Overview of eHealth.
1. What is eHealth
2. What is the value of eHealth
3. Definitions and status of:
Internet use for health
Personal Health Records
Electronic clinical use (e.g., monitoring) Janet Marchibroda, eHealth Initiative and eHealth Foundation

9:35-9:55 Skills Essential for eHealth
1. What is eHealth literacy?
2. What fundamental skills are needed to benefit from eHealth?
Cameron D. Norman, University of Toronto

9:55-10:15 Communication Inequalities and eHealth—challenges for populations with low health literacy and limited English proficiency Anthony Rodgers, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

10:30-11:00 Discussion
Outcomes and Challenges—Some Examples
Each panelist will discuss the project in which they are engaged, describing both outcomes achieved and the challenges
encountered in addressing low health literacy or language barriers to the use of eHealth approaches.

11:00-11:20 Internet Approaches for eHealth in Low Literacy/LEP populations Rita Kukafka, Columbia University

11:20-11:40 My HealtheVet Kim Nazi, Veterans Health Administration

11:40-12:00 Discussion Cynthia Solomon, Medical Management Resources

1:00-3:30 Mivia Dawn Gauthier, PeaceHealth

1:20-2:00 PeaceHealth

2:00-2:20 Observations from the Exam Room: Patient-Centered HIT Implementation in Diverse Practice Settings Joshua Seidman, Center for Information Therapy

2:20-2:50 Discussion

3:15-3:35 A Guide for Developing and Purchasing Successful HIT Cindy Brach, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

3:35-4:00 Discussion

4:00-4:30 Strategies for Integration Linda Harris and Charles Friedman, Department of Health and Human Services

4:30-5:00 Discussion

5:00 Adjourn

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