eHealth refers to the use of technologies to improve well-being, health, and healthcare. It is an umbrella term that captures concepts about the health context, technology, and people. In this free online course, we will provide you with insight into the domain of eHealth, describe methods to develop eHealth, and explain theories that enable behavior change and facilitate implementation. You will also understand how eHealth technologies are developed and used in practice, using a variety of case studies, assignments and examples. This course pays attention to the perspectives of the eHealth developers, patients, healthcare professionals and healthy people who want to improve or maintain their health and wellbeing. These perspectives are applied to the three main topics of this course: During Weeks 1 and 2, we will introduce eHealth and show you how eHealth technologies are used to enable or improve self-care and prevention, supportive care, and societal health. Weeks 3 and four will focus on design. You will learn how to design eHealth that fits the user and the context and can seduce or support people into changing their behavior. In Weeks 5 and 6, we focus on the diffusion and evaluation of eHealth technologies within the intended context, and among users and other relevant stakeholders. After finishing this course, you will have new knowledge about eHealth, acquired relevant eHealth skills, and gained insight into the use of eHealth in practice.
What topics will you cover?
- Meaning and application of eHealth
- Different domains of eHealth
- Human Centered Design
- Usability testing
- Values and requirements
- Behaviour change
- Persuasive technology
- Implementation of eHealth technology
- Formative and summative evaluation
- Log data analysis
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
- Explain the term eHealth, give examples of possible forms of eHealth, and identify possible benefits and barriers
- Apply and recognize theoretical principles from Human Centred Design, behavior change theory and the Persuasive Systems Design Model when designing an eHealth technology
- Identify the most important principles and theories from eHealth implementation and recognize implementation methods
- Describe how the phases and principles of the CeHRes Roadmap are used in the development of eHealth technologies
- Explain the rationale behind formative and summative evaluation and recognize methods from both forms of evaluation
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for everyone who wants or needs to know more about eHealth and all of its possibilities. No specific knowledge or education background is assumed since all concepts that are discussed will be briefly explained. For learners who desire more depth, further reading is available.
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