Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
Keynote Speakers: Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI and Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019
Contact: For more information about the conference, contact the Conference Chair, Dr. Bo Xie at AHIC@utexas.edu.
*Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits: CNEs will be available to conference attendees.
*The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association-Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Early Bird Online Registration: Open until November 10, 2019
Regular Online Registration: Open from November 11, 2019 – December 6, 2019
Regular – General Registration Cost: $80.00
Regular – Student/Postdoc Registration Cost: $35.00
Refunds: The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund is December 6, 2019 by 5 p.m. Substitutions from the same agency are allowed at any time with prior notification to the registrar (email AHIC@utexas.edu).
Note: All rates include a breakfast, box lunch. and beverage breaks. Meeting rooms tend to be cold; please bring a sweater or jacket for comfort.
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) affect the health and well-being of aging adults in many important ways. Yet, older adults’ adoption and use of new ICTs including eHealth/mHealth tools (e.g., mobile apps, wearable health devices, patient portals, artificial intelligent tools) lag behind those of younger people. Understanding the diverse needs and preferences of older adults is essential for enhancing the usability of eHealth/mHealth tools for older adults and their caregivers. At present, much effort has been devoted to the technological, engineering aspects of health informatics, with relatively little consideration for the social, behavioral, and design aspects of health informatics particularly as related to aging, culture, and community.
The Aging and Health Informatics Conference aims to provide a highly interdisciplinary forum for researchers, educators, clinicians, as well as government agencies, non-profit, and for-profit organizations at the national, state, and local levels to explore and collaborate on the social, behavioral, and design aspects of health informatics as related to aging, culture, and community.
Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):
- The diverse health information needs and behaviors of older adults, especially those who are traditionally underserved (e.g., ethnic minorities, older adults with disabilities);
- Older adults’ learning and use of technology for health information and decision-making (e.g., for wellness, preventative care, and self-management of chronic conditions);
- Design eHealth/mHealth (e.g., patient portals, wearable devices, mobile apps, artificial intelligence tools) to meet the diverse needs and preferences of older adults;
- eHealth literacy, digital divide, health disparities, and patient education among older adults;
- Cross-cultural comparisons of older adults’ experiences with eHealth/mHealth technology;
- Privacy, security, and related ethical issues in older adults’ interaction with technology;
- Older adults and their family caregivers’ needs and preferences for technology in chronic condition self-management and end-of-life decision making;
- Older adults’ interaction with health misinformation on various technological platforms (e.g., social media, mobile apps);
- Intergenerational use of technologies for promoting the health and well-being of both older and younger generations;
- Cultivating successful partnerships among academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the industry at the national, regional, and local levels to work together to advance the aging experience of all community stakeholders;
- Developing community-based strategies to fully incorporate older adults’ input in the design and implementation of effective eHealth interventions for older adults and their caregivers.
The Conference is highly interdisciplinary by nature, and expects to feature speakers from a wide range of fields and disciplines such as Nursing, Information Science, Social Work, Gerontology, Pharmacy, Nutritional Science, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Medicine, Communication, as well as Computer Science and Engineering.
This conference will provide opportunities for researchers, including faculty and graduate students, to engage in professional development by
- presenting research at the conference as podium presentations,
- showcasing preliminary research as posters, and
- networking with other researchers with similar interests.
We also encourage participation from non-academics working with and for older adults, including those from government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, staff and administrators of public libraries, senior centers, senior-living facilities, and other community organizations serving the older population, and the industry designing technology for aging users.
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019
Note: Conference Registration fee will be waived for all accepted podium speakers.
Podium and poster presentations are invited on any topic within the scope of the conference. Podium presentations are meant for well-developed research projects where the presenters can report study findings, while poster presentations are more suitable for reporting preliminary results of work-in-progress. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Interdisciplinary research teams involving authors from at least two different disciplines or fields are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.
We strongly encourage submissions by women, underrepresented minorities in the sciences including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities.
Abstract Submission Process
- Download the Abstract Submission Template (Word Format).
- Complete and save the Abstract Submission Template. Please give your file a proper name; for example, lastname_firstname.docx.
- Abstract submissions are accepted by online form only. Click Here to Submit
Scholarship Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Note: Scholarship Application is not available yet. Please check back again.
Best Student Poster Awards: Up to TWO (2) awards will be made to students who present the best posters at the conference. Each student winner will receive a $100 cash prize and an award certificate. These awards were made possible by the School of Information and the John P. and Alice M. Commons Excellence Fund.
Best Interdisciplinary Research Awards: Up to TWO (2) awards will be made to teams presenting innovative interdisciplinary research projects on topics of interest to the conference. To be eligible, each research team must include researchers (faculty and/or students) from at least two different academic disciplines. Each winning team will receive a $150 cash prize (total). Additionally, each team member will receive an award certificate. These awards were made possible by the School of Information and the John P. and Alice M. Commons Excellence Fund.
Scholarships: Up to TEN (10) registration scholarships are available for underrepresented minorities in the sciences (e.g., women, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities) and UT Austin graduate students. To apply for a scholarship to offset the conference registration fee, complete the online application by November 1, 2019. Notifications of scholarship awards will be made via email by November 8, 2019. The scholarships were made possible by the School of Information and the Dean’s Excellence Fund.
Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI
Title: Advancing Health Equity Through Health Informatics and Data Science
Keynote Speaker: Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD
Title: Immigrant Health and Aging in the United States and Other Western Countries
- The University of Texas at Austin
- School of Nursing
- School of Information
- Texas Aging and Longevity Center
- St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (St. David's CHPR)
- Center for Health Communication of the Dell Medical School and Moody College of Communication
- Graduate School
- Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
- Bo Xie, Professor, School of Nursing; School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
- Karen Fingerman, Professor, Human Development & Family Sciences; Director, Texas Aging and Longevity Center
Organizing Committee Members:
- Danna Gurari, Assistant Professor, School of Information
- Ken Fleischmann, Professor, School of Information
- Miyong Kim, Professor, School of Nursing, Associate Vice President for Community Health Engagement
- Jung Kwak, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
- Mike Mackert, Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations; Department of Population Health; Director, Center for Health Communication
- Kavita Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
- Soo Young Rieh, Professor, Associate Dean for Education, School of Information
- Yan Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Information
Organizing Committee Doctoral Student Subcommittee Members:
- Nathan Davis, School of Information
- Atami Sagna, School of Nursing
- Kristina Shiroma, School of Information
- Shijie Song, School of Information
- Weiwen Zeng, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
For more information about the conference, contact the Conference Chair, Bo Xie谢波, Ph.D., Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and School of Information at AHIC@utexas.edu.