Consumer Health Informatics Engagement Area

Consumer Health Informatics Engagement Area


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Our approach to consumer health informatics aims to enhance health communication by providing targeted information at the point of need to engage patients in their own health care and promote shared medical decision-making. For many years, the Center for Knowledge Management (CKM) has provided and formally evaluated information tailored to patients that takes into account each individual’s specific health literacy and learning style preferences to provide targeted health information.

Through our pioneering federally-funded research studies, CKM found that tailoring health information to both health literacy and learning style preferences improves patients’ understanding of their health information.

CKM continues to apply the team’s expertise in health literacy and learning styles to medical center programs and initiatives, including the translation of complex genetic information to meet the needs of the public. Additionally, CKM develops and maintains tools and resources to help patients manage their care. For interested members of the medical center community, CKM provides consultation and training in translating medical and genetic information for lay audiences and applying best practices in clear communication for the creation of easy-to-understand informed consent documentation.

Below is information on projects from CKM in the realm in consumer health informatics:


  • Justiss K, Kusnoor SV, Lee P, Anderson IA, Micheel C, Levy MA (2015). Using Learning Styles to Educate Healthcare Providers about New Treatment Strategies for Breast Cancer. Austin, TX: Medical Library Association Meeting, May 18, 2015.

  • Naylor HM, Kusnoor SV, Micheel CM, Anderson IA, Lee P, Blasingame M, Clark JD, Levy MA, Lovly CM, Koonce TY, Giuse NB. (2015). Using Health Literacy and Learning Styles to Guide Patients through the Maze of Precision Medicine. Personalized Medicine Day, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, May 2015. (poster)