We are the 90%

Health Literacy Infographic

According to the most recent data on literacy in the United States, only 10 percent of adults have the knowledge and skills needed to understand important information about their health. Our access to health services and informed health decision-making are dependent on this information. So what about the other 90 percent? We all want – […]

Inspiration and Innovation at UPA Boston’s 11th Annual Usability & User Experience Conference

How can organizations better involve clients in the design process? Are formal written reports the best way to communicate usability test findings? How can we engage new users in mobile and Web-based games for behavior change? These were a few of the questions that were explored at the 2012 UPA Boston Conference. UPA 2012 allowed […]

CommunicateHealth to Host Workshop at IHA Health Literacy Conference

This post was written by Perrie Briskin. CommunicateHealth is excited to participate in the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 11th Annual Health Literacy Conference, May 9 to 11, in Irvine, CA. The conference is an opportunity for the health literacy community to come together to discuss the many challenges facing the field. Featured topics include creating […]

Data vs. Doctors

This post was written by Perrie Briskin. This week in TechCrunch, Silicon Valley mogul and Sun Micosystems founder Vinod Khosla wrote “Do We Need Doctors or Algorithms?,” a compelling piece about healthcare and data. More specifically, as our ability to collect and analyze data improves with technology, can algorithms, or as he calls it, “Dr. A,” replace […]

Information Overload

Silhouette of human brain

This post was written by CH alum, Amy Behrens.  Whether we’re buying a new TV or choosing an allergy medication, consumers need decision-making support.  In fact, decision theory, just like popular theories of behavior change, is a key consideration in marketing everything from cars to healthy behaviors (like physical activity or flu shots). Thanks to […]

Universal Precautions: Prescription Label Changes

Pharmacist filling a prescription bottle

Prescription labels can be a major source of confusion for the 48% of Americans taking prescription medications every month. That’s why we would like to applaud the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) for proposing new standards for all prescription labels in the U.S. The standards draw heavily from best practices in health literacy and user-centered design. Currently, […]

Plain Writing – required by law!

On Monday, September 27th, the US Senate took an important step toward ensuring that government publications, forms, and documents are written in a way that everyone can understand by passing the Plain Writing Act of 2010. The Plain Writing Act requires the federal government to write new publications, forms, and publicly distributed documents in a […]

Plain Writing Act of 2010 Passes the House

The Plain Writing Act was passed by the House of Representatives as part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to encourage open government. The Plain Writing Act will require federal agencies to write public documents in plain language. Rep. Bruce Braley, who introduced the bill, said: “There is no reason why the federal government can’t […]