Matthew K. Hong

PhD Candidate

School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

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I am a PhD candidate in the Human-Centered Computing program at Georgia Tech. I work in the Health Experience and Applications Lab (Hx Lab) with Dr. Lauren Wilcox. I hold a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego.

My research interests lie at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Health Informatics, where I specifically focus on designing technology to bridge critical communication gaps between patients, caregivers, and clinicians. I envision the role of technology as a medium for facilitating patients’ meaningful understanding of their own health care and, in turn, supporting their increased participation and independence in care. My research vision is to design collaborative health information technologies that scaffold teens’ gradual participation in care—by means of engaging family members as care partners—throughout the process of understanding their own health data and communicating about it with care providers. With oncology, hematology, nephrology and rheumatology clinical collaborators at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, I am investigating how information systems can be designed to better engage chronically ill adolescent patient families in care through the use of visual narratives that can augment the patient’s health data. I specifically look at two types of patient data in my research: one that is generated in the clinic (i.e., diagnostic radiology reports), and one that is generated by the patient and their parent (i.e., self-reported observations of the patient’s illness experience).

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paper Sep 21, 2018
Work on public attitudes on adolescent portal privacy was accepted at JAMIA.
other Sep 4, 2018
Seattle Children's Hospital changed it's policy on adolescent portal access (effective Sep 12, 2018) based on our recent JAMIA publication.
other Jul 11, 2018
Invited talk at NSF REU Civic Data Science Seminar Series.
other May 4, 2018
Proposed dissertation thesis.
travel Apr 21 - 26, 2017
CHI 2018 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
paper Apr 4, 2018
Work on adolescent portal privacy features was accepted at JAMIA.
paper Mar 31, 2018
Work on designing clinician facing patient-generated data dashboards has been accepted at ICHI.
paper Dec 12, 2017
Work on co-designing symptom tracking tools for families has been accepted at CHI 2018.
travel Dec 8, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018
Visiting family and friends in Seoul, Korea.
travel Nov 4 - 8, 2017
AMIA 2017 in Washington, DC. Serving as WISH workshop co-organizer.
other Oct 18, 2017
Demoed upgraded version of Rapport prototype at GVU Research Showcase.
paper Sep 27, 2017
Workshop paper was accepted at WISH @ AMIA 2017.