Health Communication:
Barriers, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices

Technology and Electronically-Mediated Communication in Healthcare is the theme for this second annual conference. Join this cutting-edge, 100% online discussion of new advancements, practices and challenges inherent to eHealth and communication

The second annual Health Communication Barriers, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices (HCB3) Conference sponsored by the HCOM Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will showcase scholarly and professional research on the relationships between technology, electronically mediated communication and healthcare. To explore current best practices, barriers, and breakthroughs within this field, the conference invites participants and attendees from all professional areas of healthcare, particularly those with an interest in the intersections between technology and patient experiences, health literacy, provider-patient communication, cultural health communication, e-health accessibility, and application of theory to real-world practice. The conference will feature three widely acclaimed keynote speakers with expertise in these topics, as well as an open call for presentations from the professional and academic healthcare community. The conference will be held February 28-March 2, 2018, asynchronously and 100% online.


Those who view all of the presentations and complete a survey for each one are eligible for 1 CEU.


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Key Dates

Call for presentations opens: August 7, 2017

Registration opens: August 7, 2017

Presentation submission deadline for priority consideration: November 15, 2017

Acceptance notifications sent: After November 15, 2017

Conference: February 28-March 2, 2018


What technological issues hinder successful healthcare communication? How can health communicators help overcome these challenges?


What advances in electronic health communication are shaping the future of healthcare? How can health communicators contribute to these developments?

Best Practices

What standards exist for maximizing the benefits of technology in healthcare communication? How can health communicators contribute to the development and diffusion of these standards?