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Informatics Research Seminar: Weighing the Odds — Problem List Omissions and Patient Portal Utility among Obese Patients

October 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0

Speaker: Juhee Kim, ScD & Akshat Kapoor, PhD
Presented from ECU

Broadcast Link: Seminar

At Duke, all seminars live or broadcast will be held in Hock Auditorium from 4-5 pm.

There is a great need for the long-term maintenance of a healthy body weight in health care setting. The WHO BMI cut points for weight status have been adopted by clinical guidelines as a strategy to aid decision making in clinical practice. Despite the promising potential in patient engagement and chronic disease management among portal users, it is unknown whether the obesity classification may influence patient portal use as a means of provider and patient communication and patient engagement.  We examine patient portal use to identify any association with obesity classification. Furthermore, obesity is a continuing national epidemic and the condition can have physical, psychological as well as a social impact on one’s well-being. Consequently, it is critical to accurately diagnose and document obesity in an electronic medical record (EMR), so that the information can be used and shared to improve clinical decision making and health communication via patient portal use, and in turn, the patient’s prognosis. It is therefore worthwhile to identify the various factors that play a role in documenting obesity diagnoses and methods to improve current documentation practices and consumer health informatics.

Juhee Kim, ScD, is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University.  As a nutritional and MCH epidemiologist, she has extended research experience at community and clinical settings. She established a clinic-based research program, Patient Engagement and Consumer Health Informatics (PEACHI), at ECU Physicians Clinics.  Her research aims to understand patients’ needs and modifiable health behaviors to improve health care services and outcomes to improve health disparities.

Akshat Kapoor, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management at East Carolina University. Prior to earning his PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he received an M.S. in Bioinformatics from Marquette University, His research focuses on improving patient engagement and patient-provider communication via use of innovative technologies, such as apps, social media, and interactive educational resources, to aid patients in the self-management of their medical conditions. His research emphasizes how healthcare organizations can innovate and effectively engage patients and communities in playing an active role in their own health.


The Informatics Research Seminar Series is sponsored by Duke University and a collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, UNC-Charlotte, and ECU. This series explores key areas in Health Informatics and include research results, overview of programs of research, basic, applied, and evaluative projects, as well as research from varied epistemological stances.


October 25, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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