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Monday, November 13, 2017



The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


Free, but advance registration is required

Dr. Vimla Patel discusses how the convergence of research in the fields of behavioral medicine and informatics provides enormous opportunities for addressing public health problems and managing disease, as well as for maintaining healthy lifestyles. In her recent book on cognitive informatics and behavioral health, she argues that this marriage of health-related technologies with our efforts to change behaviors that threaten our health is already making positive changes in the way we address public health issues. Technology can assist both providers and patients while also supporting caregivers.

As health care reinforces the notion of team efforts, with patients as partners, her book provides guidance on the optimal use of health information and supporting technologies while illuminating how people think and make decisions that affect their health and well-being. The book focuses on investigations into how the public understands health information, assesses risky behaviors, makes health care decisions, and uses health information technologies. Expansion of technological capabilities creates excitement about innovations in health programs that are focused on wellness and health promotion more globally. Our challenge will be to ensure that these approaches are scalable and that they address the diverse needs of the patients in a wide variety of communities.

About the Author

Vimla L Patel, PhD, DSc, FRSC, is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health at The New York Academy of Medicine. She is also a Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. In New York City, she is an adjunct professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and of Health Care Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College. An elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American College of Medical Informatics, and The New York Academy of Medicine, she was a recipient of the annual Swedish “Woman of Science” award. She has edited five books and six special issues in cognitive science and informatics journals. Her studies focus on complexity of clinical workplace, generation of medical errors, the impact of technology on human cognition, and resulting insights on how to design a safer workplace. Dr. Patel has published over 300 scholarly peer-reviewed articles spanning biomedical informatics, education, clinical, and cognitive science journals.