By Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang, HCDE PhD student
Last week, I attended and presented at the 2019 AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) Annual Symposium held in Washington DC. Our paper "Connected Personas: Translating the Complexity of Older Adult Personal Health Information Management for Designers of Health Information Technologies." was accepted to the conference as well as, nominated as a finalist in the student paper competition. My paper described how we applied the human-centered design approach to translating study findings into personas, scenarios and design guidelines for designers of health information technologies. I feel that it aligned well with the conference theme which was, “Informatics: From Data to Knowledge to Action”. I did my presentation twice, once for the student paper competition and once for a conference session. Through the student paper competition, I was able to meet students who are doing really interesting work like focus on updating clinical prediction models over time and predicting the adoption of mobile health technologies.
I enjoyed meeting people at different stages of their careers from students to faculty to industry professionals. The conference really advocated mentorship and facilitated that through networking opportunities as well as, workgroups like ones for the women of AMIA. I felt that it was a supportive and friendly environment. There were several sessions that discussed the design, use, and experience of health technologies by different audiences. I definitely see this as a place for more human-centered design work to be featured to highlight the experiences and perspective from users and connect designers to the work that informaticists to that could have implications for health technology design.
Departmental support for this student travel opportunity was made possible by gifts to the Human Centered Design & Engineering Souther Endowed Fund. Please consider making a gift today!