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 Health Communication Online Master of Science (HCOM) Program welcomes your participation in our second annual 100% online conference on health communication: Health Communication Barriers, Breakthroughs and Best Practices (HCB3). As a program that relies exclusively on digital media, we aim to sponsor and showcase research that focuses on health and virtual communication. This year’s conference will run from February 28-March 2, 2018, focusing on a theme of web-based health information.

Increasingly patients, advocates, providers, and organizations are sharing and exchanging health information using the internet, via websites, telemedicine, electronic medical records, and so on. As scholars and practitioners in the field, it is critical for us to understand the current challenges inherent to this practice and share the newest innovations overcoming these barriers. Therefore we invite contributions to this conference that feature some of the following topics:

The public and professional uses of health information websites such as WebMD, Patient.info, Verywell.com, Medicineplus.gov, etc.

Challenges experienced by patients, providers, and others in accessing, building, and using electronic medical records (EMRs)

Issues in telemedicine, such as privacy concerns and provider-patient contact using email

Patient and provider reactions to Direct-to-Consumer pharmaceutical advertisements, especially on the internet

Provider-patient communication challenges resulting from self-diagnosing on the internet

The conference will also host three widely acclaimed keynote speakers, whose cutting-edge research on web-based health information will be live-streamed during the conference and open for questions from the online audience (these presentations will also be available to watch asynchronously for those who cannot attend the live session).

The Call for Presentations and conference registration are now open. Educators, graduate students, postdoctoral students, researchers, medical professionals and professionals in all other healthcare fields are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations by November 15, 2017. General registration will remain open through the start of the conference.

Registration for this conference is free, and you may attend without submitting a presentation. All presentations must use commonly accessible platforms, such as Powerpoint, Prezi, etc., and must include audio (voiceover) as well as visual content. 

 

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

 

In Memoriam

 

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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

Barriers

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

Breakthroughs

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?