Personal health management system - Healthy me

Personal health management system - Healthy me


Research stream: Consumer informatics

Healthy me

Project members - Macquarie University

Dr Annie Lau - Senior Research Fellow

Project main description is a personal health management system developed by the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation.  It is a research platform, available in web-based and mobile app platform (iOS, Android), which allows individuals to connect with health services, peers, information sources, and tools to manage their health.

Clinical studies using have been conducted since 2009 across 11 clinical settings and one health domain.  More than 3,600 consumers were invited to use the web-based version in multiple trials ranging from 8 weeks to 12 months. Consumers were encouraged to manage their chronic condition, uptake preventative health actions, and/or improve their health understanding and literacy. Improved health outcomes were found across most of the trials, with important insights across different settings.

Preventive care

  1. Influenza vaccination: Vaccination rates more than doubled among a sample of 600 participants.
  2. Sexual health: The number of people being tested for STIs more than doubled in a sample of 600 young adults.
  3. Physical and mental wellbeing: established online community where 1985 consumers could seek support from general practitioner and psychologists to support their physical and mental wellbeing concerns.
  4. Promotion of physical activity and weight management with the mobile application integrated with tracking devices (Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit Aria scale) and providing social comparison.

Chronic disease self-management

  1. Asthma: supported 300 asthma sufferers to visit their healthcare professional for a written asthma action plan.
  2. Gout: improve self-management amongst people suffering from gout in general practice (study in progress).
  3. Cardiovascular risk assessment: promoted lifestyle changes amongst individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cancer survivorship

  1. Breast cancer: supported 50 survivors of early stage breast cancer post-treatment after hospital discharge.
  2. Prostate cancer: support patient follow-up and early intervention after prostatectomy procedure (study in progress).
  3. Lymphoedema: improve adherence to rehabilitation program amongst individuals suffering from lymphoedema (study in progress).

Specialist care

  1. In-vitro fertilization (IVF): supported 14 women over 8 weeks to complete their IVF cycle.
  2. Orthopaedics: improved adherence to post-operative rehabilitation program amongst individuals after rotator cuff repair (study in progress).


  1. Nathan J Mortimer; Joel Rhee; Rebecca Guy; Andrew Hayen; Annie Y S Lau. A Web-Based Personally Controlled Health Management System Increases Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening Rates in Young People: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2015; doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocu052.
  2. Arguel, A; Lau AYS; Dennis, S; Liaw, S. T.; Coiera, E. An internet intervention to improve asthma management: rationale and protocol of a randomized controlled trial JMIR Research Protocols (2013) 2 2 e28 P12185831
  3. Lau, AYS; Dunn, A; Mortimer, N; Gallagher, A; Proudfoot, J; Andrews, A; Liaw, S. T.; Crimmins, Jacinta; Amael, A; Coiera, E. Social and Self-Reflective Use of a Web-based Personally Controlled Health Management System J Med Internet Res (2013) 15 9 e211 P12185833
  4. Lau, AYS; Proudfoot, J.; Andrews, A.; Liaw, S. T.; Crimmins, J.; Arguel, A.; Coiera, E. Which bundles of features in a Web-based personally controlled health management system are associated with consumer help-seeking behaviors for physical and emotional well-being? J Med Internet Res (2013) 15 5 e79 P12185832
  5. Tiong, SS, Delaney, GP, Lau, AYS, Koh, E, Adams, Bell, V, Sapkota, P, Harris, T, Girgis, A, Przezdziecki, A, Lonergan, D, Treloar, J & Coiera, E. Utilisation and acceptability of an e-health strategy to facilitate care of breast cancer survivors. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012;8 (Suppl 3):330.
  6. Lau, AYS, Parker, A, Early, J, Sacks, G, Anvari, F & Coiera, E, 2012, 'Comparative usage of a web-based personally controlled health management system and normal support: a case study in IVF', Electronic Journal of Health Informatics., vol. 7, no. 2, pp. Article no. 16,
  7. Lau, AYS, Sintchenko, V, Crimmins, J, Magrabi, F, Gallego Luxan, B & Coiera, E, 2012, 'Protocol for a randomised controlled trial examining the impact of a web-based personal health management system on the uptake of influenza vaccination rates', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 86-95

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Collaborative partners

St Vincent’s Hospital, University of Sydney
Royal Hospital for Women, University of New South Wales
Macquarie University Hospital
VF Australia
Liverpool Hospital

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