Healthcare is rapidly moving from its historical patriarchal culture where the doctor is the final authority and a “good patient” does as they are told, to a new world where an informed empowered patient expects to be fully involved in making their health care decisions and selections.
Responding to this paradigm shift HIMSS is developed a Health Literacy Framework to support the role of technology in the improvement of health and health care. The development of the Health Literacy Framework within this changing culture requires a careful analysis of terminology. New terms are being developed and old terms are taking on new and expanded meaning.
The following terms and their definitions provides a foundation for understanding the goals and concepts inherent in the Health Literacy Framework.