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Health Technology Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Consumer-Oriented Practice

Author(s): Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Southern California
  • ISBN-13: 9780763758486
  • Paperback    448 pages      © 2011
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Recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing's 2011 Book of the Year Award!

Doody's Review Service - 4 Stars!

Health Technology Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Consumer-Oriented Practice examines the wide range of resources used by health consumers to inform and support their decisions around their own health care.  Today’s health consumer is self-monitoring, building supportive social networks online or via cell phone, and engaging in treatment using interactive programs online, on CD or related media. Using evidence-based practice and relevant theories, Health Technology Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Consumer-Oriented Practice analyzes the trend for health care systems to be reactive, while consumers are proactively seeking the health care information they feel they deserve.


Chapter 1  Telehealth As Fulcrum Of Health Technology
Chapter 2  Literacy for an Age Of eHealth
Chapter 3  Health Information Seeking Behavior on The Web
Chapter 4  Personal Health Record as Human Capital for Health
Chapter 5  Devices as Adjuncts to Being Healthy At Home
Chapter 6  Digital Games as Consumer Resource for Health Capital
Chapter 7  Moving Forward as Challenge and Opportunity

Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, PhD, RN, FAAN-University of Southern California

Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, PhD, RN, MS Nursing, MS is a nurse psychologist currently leading the nurse social work practitioner program and case management option at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  She is co-investigator for Robert Wood Johnson funded game to increase physical activity for adults by monitoring and social networking.  She is a games research and development collaborator in the Humana Emerging Technology Applications Innovation Center.  She was a visiting professor in health technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a recent sabbatical. She developed a course on Innovations in Health Technology for the Human Services Professions at the USC School of Social Work and collaborated with Marientina Gotsis from the USC School of Cinema Interactive Media Division for an interdisciplinary course--Design of Digital Health games.  She is currently collaborating with colleagues in Cinema and Dance for an intergenerational health game that links physical activity, music, social networking and health care system interactions.

She has examined intergenerational links specific to healthy lifestyle behaviors in multi-lingual populations.  Dr. Jordan-Marsh is a co-investigator on the NIH funded grant: Personal Activity Patterns in Ethnically Diverse Elders which is designed to increase healthy occupations. She has served as the director of the USC Intergenerational Health Research Team—involving older adults and community collaboration for research and curriculum innovation.  She was a consultant for  Cybercafé based in a senior center with multilingual population. She coordinated the initiative for Geroengineering at USC which was a collaboration between Engineering, Gerontology, Computer Science, and Nursing. She was an invited participant in the multi-year Institute on the Psychology of Aging sponsored by the National Institute of Aging (National Institutes of Health) and the American Psychological Association. 

 Dr. Jordan-Marsh has served as an Assistant Dean at the University of California Los Angeles and the Associate Chair of the University of Southern California Department of Nursing.  She was formerly the director of the Nurse Practitioner program in Occupational Health at the University of California Los Angeles, and the chair of the Primary Care program at UCLA.  She has served as the director of nursing research and quality assurance at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where she was the Co-director of a million dollar program funded by Robert Wood Johnson to build an experience of community to improve patient care.  She has served as a reviewer and expert for the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research. She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow following her innovative work on the Pew/RWJ Strengthening Hospital Nursing Program.

Dr. Jordan-Marsh earned her PhD in Psychological Studies in Education at the University of California. Los Angeles.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the California State University Long Beach and a master’s degree in human development from the University of Oregon, Eugene.


  • "Health Technology Literacy is a 'must read' for anyone who cares about the future of health and health care, and how technology is already shaping a new consumer-oriented vision of that future.  As one of today’s leading scholars in the area of 'consumer-facing health technologies,' Dr. Jordan-Marsh has written a book that helps the rest of us understand how taking better care of ourselves is being played out in the digital age. Critical topics such as telehealth,  personal health records, serious games and the emergence of a vast array of 'self-care'devices are presented in a framework that transcends traditional disciplines and presents an exciting new perspective on what’s happening at the intersection of technology and health." - Katharyn A. May, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Professor and Dean, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Health Technology Literacy arrives at the perfect historical moment.  Technological solutions will certainly be high on the list for social workers, nurses, health care administrators, and public health advocates seeking to simultaneously improve access to quality health care, reduce health disparities, and contain spiraling costs. Jordan-Marsh obligingly and articulately introduces us to the range of available options and demonstrates how to harness technology to improve collaboration, enhance prevention, and empower consumers with self management tools. She has pre-envisioned the future and her wisdom comes just in the nick of time.”  - Jacqueline B. Mondros, D.S.W., Dean and Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY

  • "Maryalice Jordan-Marsh has done a masterful survey of new technologies for health promotion and delivery of health care services. The chapters on home monitoring devices and games for health in particular are cutting edge and leverage the author’s distinctive interdisciplinary interests which span fields as diverse as social work, nursing, communications, and game studies. Her approach combines meticulous scholarship with an accessible writing style that will satisfy researchers, clinicians, and those in allied health professions. " - Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D., Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California

  • "Care transitions are increasingly seen as the fulcrum of best practice in health care.  Dr. Jordan-Marsh presents a model for empowerment during transitions in the new digital technology era.  The book, Health Technology Literacy, will equip leaders in case management from any discipline to grasp the opportunities provided by an ecological perspective on health technology. A must for interdisciplinary teams where the consumer is the center." - Sharon Mass, Ph.D., ACM, Director Case Management, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; President Elect, American Case Management Association

  • "The book is well written, in a style that engages readers, even in passages dealing with dry or potentially confusing subjects. It should find a place in the libraries of healthcare professionals and consumers alike." - Jeff S. Smith, PhD, MSN from Walden University, Doody's Review Service, Rating: 4 Stars

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