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Health Informatics: A Patient-Centered Approach to Diabetes

Barbara M. Hayes and William Aspray


The health care industry has been slow to join the information technology revolution; handwritten records are still the primary means of organizing patient care. Concerns about patient privacy, the difficulty of developing appropriate computing tools and information technology, high costs, and the resistance of some physicians and nurses have hampered the use of technology in health care. In 2009, the U.S. government committed billions of dollars to health care technology. Many questions remain, however, about how to deploy these resources. This book uses diabetes—a costly, complex, and widesp ... More

Keywords: health care, information technology, handwritten records, patient care, patient privacy, computing tools, physicians, nurses, U.S. government, diabetes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014328
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014328.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara M. Hayes, editor

William Aspray, editor

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Front Matter


Barbara M. Hayes, and William Aspray

I Diabetes in Sociotechnical Context

2 Understanding the Potential of Ubiquitous Computing for Chronic Disease Management

Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Gregory D. Abowd, Lena Mamykina, and Julie A. Kientz

4 Diabetes and Obesity: Can Videogames Help?

Lynne Harris, Jon DeShazo, and Wanda Pratt