The 2015 International Workshop on Interactivity in Healthcare Systems will be held in conjunction with the 15th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015, in Bamberg, Germany, 15th September 2015.
This workshop aims to promote discussion between multidisciplinary researchers on novel, innovative and connective approaches within eHealth, improving engagement and patient outcomes.
We are all living longer with average life expectancy increasing across the globe. However, chronic conditions coupled with an increasing global obesity problem still cause a huge strain on healthcare provision and quality of life for patients.
There are two approaches to reduce the burden on healthcare services – encouraging healthy lifestyles through increased knowledge, and improving people’s ability to affect the quality of care for those living with long-term conditions and age related illnesses. Although these issues appear to be separate, they have an effect on each other. We have now reached a critical point in healthcare – both healthcare professionals and patients alike recognize the potential for technology to provide them with personalized healthcare and support. Key goals in this field are to facilitate personalized health information to promote self-management, to identify and act upon support needs, to improve communication between patients and healthcare workers, to assist with the use of medicine and assistive technology and inform decision making between healthcare workers. Additionally, any health technology has to be designed to be usable, efficient, effective and accepted by the healthcare community.