Health Communication:
Barriers, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices

Technology and Electronically-Mediated Communication in Healthcare is the theme for this 2017 inaugural conference. Join this cutting-edge, 100% online discussion of new advancements, practices and challenges inherent to eHealth and communication

The 2017 inaugural 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 heldĀ March 1-3, 2017, asynchronously and 100% online.


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 proposalsĀ opens: August 29, 2016

Registration opens: September 20, 2016

Call for proposals closes: December 15, 2016 (If you need more time, please contact us.)

Acceptance notifications sent: Approx. January 1, 2017

Final presentations submitted: February 1, 2017

Conference debut: March 1-3, 2017


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?