Session ID: 

Empowerment, Activation and Engagement for Digital Health

12:00pm - 1:00pm Tuesday, February 12
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center


The interchangeable use of patient empowerment, activation and engagement when evaluating digital health solutions has made it more difficult to accurately measure the effectiveness of health information and technology interventions. A lack of consistent and meaningful metrics impacts the development of these technologies and the ability to demonstrate related changes in health outcomes. This interactive presentation introduces a new model of patient empowerment, activation and engagement specific to the digital health context. The EAE model is the result of several rounds of interdisciplinary exchange between health and computer science, as well as the input of a patient collaborator in mapping the unique path that must be negotiated for the sustained and effective use of a digital health solution. The model supports the creation, or deployment, of measures most capable of producing meaningful data for software developers, clinicians and patients.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the critical conceptual differences between patient empowerment, activation and engagement
  • Discuss the role of the presented EAE model in supporting improved sustained interaction with digital health solutions
  • Apply the model to a case study to review how the model can be used in design, implementation and evaluation of health information and technology projects
  • Share experiences with the group on how the use of the model may be of benefit in your own context or project


Ristech Consulting
Associate Professor,
University of Saskatchewan
Continuing Education Credits: 


Advocacy Grp Focus on Pt, Family Mbr, Caregiver
Clinical Informaticists
Research and Development Professional