CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2023; 32(01): 048-054
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1768727
Special Section: Informatics for One Health
Working Group Contributions

How Participatory Health Informatics Catalyzes One Digital Health

Kerstin Denecke
1   Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland
Octavio Rivera Romero
2   Instituto de Ingeniería Informática (I3US), Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
3   Electronic Technology Department, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
Mark Merolli
4   Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne, Australia
5   Centre for Digital Transformation of Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talya Miron-Shatz
6   Faculty of Business Administration, Ono Academic College, Israel
7   Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, Cambridge University, England
Elia Gabarron
8   Norwegian Centre for E-health Research, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway
9   Department of Education, ICT and Learning, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway
Carolyn Petersen
10   Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America
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Objective: To identify links between Participatory Health Informatics (PHI) and the One Digital Health framework (ODH) and to show how PHI could be used as a catalyst or contributor to ODH.

Methods: We have analyzed the addressed topics within the ODH framework in previous IMIA Yearbook contributions from our working group during the last 10 years. We have matched main themes with the ODH's framework three perspectives (individual health and wellbeing, population and society, and ecosystem).

Results: PHI catalysts ODH individual health and wellbeing perspective by providing a more comprehensive view on human health, attitudes, and relations between human health and animal health. Integration of specific behavior change techniques or gamification strategies in digital solutions are effective to change behaviors which address the P5 paradigm. PHI supports the population and society perspective through the engagement of the various stakeholders in healthcare. At the same time, PHI might increase a risk for health inequities due to technologies inaccessible to all equally and challenges associated with this. PHI is a catalyst for the ecosystem perspective by contributing data into the digital health data ecosystem allowing for analysis of interrelations between the various data which in turn might provide links among all components of the healthcare ecosystem.

Conclusion: Our results suggest that PHI can and will involve topics relating to ODH. As the ODH concept crystalizes and becomes increasingly influential, its themes will permeate and become embedded in PHI even more. We look forward to these developments and co-evolution of the two frameworks.

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Article published online:
26 December 2023

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