Joseph A. Cafazzo

Faculty Member

Accepting Students

Wolfond Chair in Digital Health

Professional Interests

health informatics/e-health, technology assessment, human factors, the hospital-at-home, the personal health record (PHR)

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1) Patient Self-Care: The design of a health system that facilitates patient self-care is primary objective of my research. We can show that patients have an immense capacity to care for themselves, given the right environment. They can also show startling improvements in their health outcomes, and do it for less than the health system can.

2) Design of Health Technologies: A panacea or a burden? Health technologies have not always served us well. Bringing the rigour of the discipline of human factors to health services and technology will bring about a renaissance in safety and user experience; just as it has benefited aeronautics and other industries before it.

3) Ubiquitous Sensors and Population Health: What if we could collect data from hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes in real-time, each generating hundreds of data points in a given moment? It’s a big data problem that is worth solving that will bring new insights on how people manage chronic illness on daily basis.

“Nothing about us without us” – Development of a patient-centered digital health self-care program for marginalized, underserved populations with heart failure

Published: 2023