Digital Health Learning Corner

The Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) is collaborating with the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR) on a virtual learning series to support our investigators and trainees working on digital health projects to improve the health of children, women, and other marginalized genders. This learning series is for researchers, care providers, and other stakeholders interested in incorporating digital technologies in a health intervention or health systems process and aims to equip learners to succeed – from project initiation through to implementation.

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Session 1: Evaluating Health Information Systems (HIS): Methods and Considerations
Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Borycki
Date: December 2, 2021

Learners should be able to:
(1) Define what a health information system is
(2) Define what can be evaluated
(3) Identify the main approaches used in evaluating HIS
(4) Identify when an evaluation should take place in development.

Session 2: Applying Human Centred Design (HCD) for Better Digital Health Interventions
Presenters: Lee Payne, Dr. Helen Monkman, Misha Hasan
Date: February 3, 2022

Learners should be able to:
(1) Understand the concept of HCD applied to product development.
(2) Apply design thinking in development and evaluation of digital health technologies.
(3) Identify methods for human centred digital health interventions.
(4) Understand the importance of digital health literacy in design.

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Session 3: Privacy & Ethics for Digital Health Research and Practice
Presenters: Dr. Holly Longstaff, Paulette Lacroix, Dr. Yoelit Lipinsky
Date: April 7, 2022

Learners should be able to: 
(1) Understand recent changes to BC privacy legislation and how it could impact digital health research in BC.
(2) Understand international privacy and ethics guidelines and their relevance to digital health research in BC.
(3) Gain knowledge about the privacy review process and requirements for researcher conducted at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.

Session 4: Designing Better HIT: Usability & Human Factors Evaluation – Part 1/2
Presenters: Dr. Andre Kushniruk, Dr. Elizabeth Borycki
Date: May 5, 2022

Learners should be able to:
(1) Describe the importance of human factors and usability in designing health care information technologies (HIT).
(2) Measure and evaluate HIT usability with simple, practical methods.
(3) Apply human factors and usability principles to design better digital health interventions. 

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Session 4: Designing Better HIT: Usability & Human Factors Evaluation – Part 2/2
Presenters: Dr. Andre Kushniruk, Dr. Elizabeth Borycki
Date: May 12, 2022

Learners should be able to:
(1) Describe the importance of human factors and usability in designing health care information technologies (HIT).
(2) Measure and evaluate HIT usability with simple, practical methods.
(3) Apply human factors and usability principles to design better digital health interventions. 

Session 5: Methods and Approaches to Improving Health Equity Through Digital Innovation
Presenters: Camila Benmessaoud, Noor El-Dassouki, Dr. Shannon Freeman, Dr. Richard McAloney
Date: June 8, 2022

Learners should be able to:
(1) Gain knowledge on methods and approaches to digital health research that focus on improving health equity.
(2) Understand the value that a focus on health equity brings to digital health research and solution development.
(3) Identify social determinants of health and other factors that can influence access, acceptability, likelihood of adoption and ultimately the level of benefit of digital health tools for patients and families.
(4) Understand the importance of partnering with diverse stakeholders in support of digital health research working towards improving health equity. 

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