Understanding Personal Informatics Needs of Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions
Haley MacLeod and Anthony Tang. (2012). Understanding Personal Informatics Needs of Individuals with Chronic Health Conditions. In WISH 2012: Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare.
Personal informatics tools allow individuals to collect and reflect on data related to their personal lives. While consumer tools have mainly focused on everyday aspects of life, such as physical activity or personal finance, they may also provide value to individuals suffering from chronic health conditions. These individuals may have unique needs not yet addressed through the current design of personal informatics tools. We address this problem through an interview study with 15 individuals focused on those with chronic health conditions, in which we explored how data collection supported the management of their illnesses. We found that data collection gives these individuals a means to understand their conditions, as well as a mechanism to manage them.