Timothy B. Patrick

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BACKGROUND Digital information technology can facilitate informed decision making by individuals regarding their personal health care. The digital divide separates those who do and those who do not have access to or otherwise make use of digital information. To close the digital divide, health care communications research must address a fundamental issue,(More)
E-Health involves new forms of patient-physician interaction and poses new ethical challenges and threats to patient privacy. This paper reviews Health On the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode) accredited e-Health websites that provide online appointment services in the U.S.A for compliance with basic principles of security and privacy. We found that(More)
OBJECTIVE A continual problem confronting the implementation of standardized vocabularies such as SNOMED CT is that their expressive flexibility and power provide more than one way to represent a given concept. The goal of this study was to investigate how the CliniClue Expression Transformer tool could be used to help in discerning similarities and(More)
Undiagnosed and untreated depressive disorders have become a serious public health issue and it is prevalent among people of all ages, gender and race. Social media sites, such as Twitter, have become a major venue for people to express/disclose their thoughts and feelings. The tweets from these micro-blogging sites could be used to screen for and(More)
Marginalized groups have been defined as groups that have been peripheralized from the center of society. Increasing nursing knowledge of marginalized groups and the dynamics of population diversity will enable nurses to better recognize shifting health patterns, plan for utilization of health services, and determine ethnic and cultural differences that(More)
Physicians need better access to information when making patient care decisions. Hospitals should allow electronic data transfers to physician PDAs to improve patient care, and physicians must institute measures to secure the confidentiality of patient information on their PDAs. By explicitly excluding copies from their designated record set, hospitals need(More)
Semantic interoperability requires consistent use of controlled terminologies. However, non-terminology experts (although perhaps experts in a particular domain) are prone to produce variant coding. We examine this problem by investigating SNOMED CT coding variation for other findings reported on case report forms from a clinical research study on urea(More)
Home healthcare is facing a set of challenging new realities in the 21st century such as funding limitations and increased life expectancy. Many believe that the use of telehealth enabling patients at home to interact with nurses at the clinical site using videoconferencing technology, will be a cost-effective solution to providing quality care services.(More)