Invited Speaker: Prof. Jina Huh (Michigan State University)
Date: 1p.m., Dec. 15. 2014 (Mon)
Place: E2-1, #1222 Seminar Room
Abstract: In face-to-face patient support groups, health professional moderators provide their clinical knowledge during peer-patient conversations when necessary. In online patient support groups (i.e., online health communities), however, such dynamic is lost, because it is challenging to get health professional moderators’ input for thousands of messages posted each day. In this talk, I will present my research project recently funded from the National Institute of Health on delivering health professional moderators’ expertise to online health communities. I will first talk about my prior work leading to this project on understanding social dynamics among patients and moderators in online health communities. I will then discuss social implications and technical requirements for accomplishing the following goals for this research project: (1) develop a framework to automatically identify sentences in peer-patient conversations that need clinical expertise; (2) set up and evaluate clinical expertise database; (3) design user interface for delivering clinical expertise to peer-patient conversations; (4) evaluate health outcomes of the system. I will end the talk with a brief introduction to my overall research program at the iCare Lab and our PhD program in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University.
Bio: Jina Huh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. In her research, she studies and develops technologies for patients' everyday health management. She received NIH National Library of Medicine Career Development Award (K01) ($467,801) to help deliver clinical expertise in online health communities. Her other work includes collecting people’s everyday health behavior to inform individual patients, enhancing information consumption in online health communities, and using peer-patient generated videos to deliver social support. Her papers have received best paper awards at IMIA Yearbook, AMIA, and ACM CHI. She was a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow in biomedical informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in human-computer interaction, a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BA in Multimedia Design from Korea National University of Arts.