Huh Receives Distinguished Paper Award

Posted on: November 26, 2013

Jina-HuhJina Huh, Assistant Professor in the Media and Informationdepartment, was awarded a Distinguished Paper Award at the 2013 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Symposium for her research on "Patient Moderator Interaction in Online Health Communities."

The award was given to the top five papers, as selected by the Symposium Scientific Program Committee, and presented at the annual symposium, held Nov. 16-20 in Washington, D.C. The symposium is the leading scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics research and practice.

"I am humbled by this award and grateful that the medical informatics community is more and more appreciating research around peer-patient interaction in online environments," Huh said.

The paper, which Huh worked on with three other researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., looks at the increasing number of people who visit online health communities to share experiences and seek health information.

The researchers analyzed 480 patient and moderator posts from six online health communities to understand how moderators fulfill patients' information needs. Their findings show that patients use the community as an integral part of their health management practices. Based on these results, they suggest enhancements be made to these online health communities for their unique role to support patient care.

Huh joined the CAS faculty in August. She also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing. Her research focuses on social media for health. She studies online health communities for how individuals with chronic illness exchange peer help and how health professionals deliver clinical expertise to patients' everyday settings.

Huh also serves as one of the Trifecta Intellectual Leaders (TIL) for the Trifecta initiative. Trifecta is a tri-college initiative, between the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Nursing, with the overarching goal to advance the delivery of health services to underserved communities through the innovative use of communication technologies. The TIL is the team of researchers from the three colleges leading the initiative.

Huh completed her National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington Medicine's Division of Biomedical and Health Information. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in human-compute interaction. Her master's degree is from the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and her bachelor's is from the Department of Film and Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts.

The AIMA is one of the largest medical informatics associations in the United States. It was formed in 1988 by the merger of three organizations: the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics, American College of Medical Informatics, and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care.

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