NSU Launches America's first Center to deliver Health Care Solutions through Social Media and Cell Phones

FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE Fla. - Nova Southeastern University's College of Pharmacy recently launched America's first Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research to deliver health care solutions through social media and cell phones.

The center's mission is to make new health discoveries using consumer health informatics (integration of patient preferences, behaviors, and technology) to improve health. It will use the participatory medicine model to gain insight about patient habits and other trends in health care. These discoveries can then be used to help the public make better informed personal health care decisions.

The center plans to deliver health and wellness information such as tips to manage diabetes through social media and mobile phones. It will also analyze whether health interventions delivered on those platforms can help patients better manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, etc.

"We are hoping to unlock a treasure trove of information about patient health," said Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm.D, the center's director and a College of Pharmacy associate professor. "Patients are turning to the Internet in record numbers to look for answers to health-related questions and making treatment decisions based on what they find. The center plans to use technologies to deliver information to help e-Patients make better decisions."

Research efforts at the center are already underway with a trio of mobile/cell phone health projects known as mHealth. These include a study to measure the impact of text messaging and health literacy on medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes.

"Cell phone ownership is particularly high in Hispanics and African Americans, which offer tremendous opportunity to customize mobile phone health interventions for these historically underserved patient populations", Clauson said.

The center will also serve as a training site for students, residents, and fellows, who will have the opportunity to be directly involved in cutting edge research and academic initiatives in consumer health informatics.


About NSU's College of Pharmacy: The college offers a challenging professional degree program of study in pharmacy that emphasizes the pharmaceutical sciences and patient-centered care. Presented with the use of innovative teaching modalities and the newest technology, the curriculum is designed to prepare pharmacy graduates for life-long learning and leadership capabilities as medication therapy managers in our nation's healthcare system. The college's programs conducted by an exceptional, talented faculty committed to the student's education. The faculty are agents of change in such diverse fields of research and practice as genomics, drug development, informatics, and pharmacotherapy.

About Nova Southeastern University: Located in Davie, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited Florida University dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs of distinction from preschool through the professional and doctoral levels. NSU has more than 28,000 students and is the eight largest not-for-profit independent institution nationally. The University awards associate's, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, specialist, and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields, including business, counseling, computer and information sciences, education, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, dentistry, various health professions, law, marine sciences, early childhood, psychology and other social sciences. Classified as a research university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU was also awarded Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification in 2010 for the University's significant commitment to and demonstration of community engagement. For more information about Nova visit www.nova.edu.

Media Contact:
Ken Ma, MBA, NSU Office of Public Affairs
954-262-5408 (office), 954-621-7961 (cell), [email protected]

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 in News Releases.

Tags: cell phones, Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, Social Media