Part 1. Consumer health informatics (CHI) is a field within health informatics devoted to the consumer, or patient view. It involves computer literacy, health literacy, e-literacy, and digital literacy. CHI focuses on the information structures and processes that empower consumers to manage their own health. CHI also plays a role in healthcare reform because it improves patient engagement and shared decision-making. Patient engagement is contingent upon consumers’ ability to access, understand, and manage their personal health care information.
Part 2. The number of websites and resources on the Internet is ever increasing. Healthcare professionals must possess the skills to critically evaluate information and guide healthcare consumers to accurate information sources. It is also important for BSN nursing students to be able to identify credible sources!