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Richard J. Holden, Ph.D.: Patient-Centered Technology for Senior Health

Friday, November 18 at 12:30 p.m. in IT 252


Health information technology (HIT) has the potential to transform healthcare delivery and improve the health of older adults. HIT can be particularly valuable for those living with chronic conditions such as heart failure and dementia. However, designing patient-centered technology, or HIT intended for use by chronically ill older adult users, is a tremendous challenge. My talk will introduce human factors engineering as an integrated approach for designing and evaluating patient-centered technology for senior health. I will first summarize a five-year project supported by two grants from the National Institutes of Health to design and test a patient-centered mobile health application for geriatric heart failure self-care. Next, I will present recent human factors research initiatives in the area of brain health, particularly interventions to support care for and prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease.

About Richard J. Holden

Richard J. Holden is assistant professor of BioHealth Informatics at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Indianapolis, and an Affiliate Scientist of the IU Center for Aging Research. He received a joint PhD in industrial engineering and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. Dr. Holden’s research applies human factors engineering and psychology to study and improve the work performance of patients, informal caregivers, and clinicians. He has investigated multiple healthcare interventions, including information technology, team-based care, and lean process redesign. He has participated in 13 grants from the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and other federal agencies. Dr. Holden has authored over 80 scholarly works in the fields of human factors, patient safety and quality, biomedical informatics, and research methods.