Improving health decision-making for Canadian parents
A new research project is creating the first mobile health app for parents using Canadian-relevant health research
A University of Alberta researcher is using his background in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve the health decision-making of Canadians by creating the first mobile health app for parents using Canadian-relevant health research.
Nearly one million Canadian parents taking their child to an Emergency Department this year will have a limited understanding of basic health information because of poor health literacy.
“Parents with low health literacy are three times as likely to bring their child in for non-urgent conditions, and improving parent health literacy is likely to decrease unneeded trips to the hospital,” says James Benoit, a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Nursing. “A new way of assisting with health literacy is developing digital health tools, such as apps for mobile phones and tablets.”