Studying Social Computing for Healthcare Organizations
This research team will examine how hospitals utilize social computing platforms to keep existing patients informed, generate interest in health topics and attract new customers. From the patient’s perspective, social computing platforms are useful means to acquire useful knowledge, develop peer support groups and share experience with other patients to build collective intelligence. To build social computing platforms for meaningful societal use, it is important to understand a number of economic, social and technological issues and their interrelationships. Participating students will learn about research methods, literature search/review and data collection and analysis.
Mentors: Ricky Leung (Health Management & Informatics, School of Medicine), Kalyan Pasupathy (Health Management/Industrial Engineering), Amit Prasad (Sociology)
Semesters: Spring 2011 - Fall 2011