Enabling patient-centered communication and care through health information technology

Lila J Rutten, Amenah A. Agunwamba, Sarah M. Greene, Kathleen M. Mazor, Jon Owen Ebbert, Jennifer St. Sauver, James W. Dearing

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Scopus citations


Advances in communication science and developments in health information technology coupled with recent health reform initiatives have created unique opportunities for progressing toward a patient-centered healthcare system in the US. We propose a conceptual framework to describe ways in which patient-centered communication may serve as a critical link in translating health information technology functionality into delivery of patient-centered care. In this context, health information technology may provide the infrastructure for patient-centered communication to enable delivery of patient-centered care. Key aspects of patient-centered communication and health information technology are reviewed and patient-centered care is described as emerging through health information technologyenabled patient-centered communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-261
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Communication in Healthcare
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • Communication
  • Health information technology
  • Patient-centered care
  • Patient-centered communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Health Information Management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Enabling patient-centered communication and care through health information technology'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this