Mark Merolli

Mark Merolli
University of Melbourne | MSD · Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre - Melbourne Medical School

PhD, B.Physio (Hons), FACHI, CHIA

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Introduction
Senior Lecturer/Research Fellow;PhD (health informatics), B.Physio (Hons). Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre- The University of Melbourne. Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) and Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). PhD from the University of Melbourne- digital health consultant and Physiotherapist. Ongoing research centres around digitally-enabled models fo health care, participatory health informatics, health professional workforce advancement, and university education in digital health
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
University of Melbourne
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2016 - present
University of Melbourne
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
February 2012 - July 2015
University of Melbourne
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (41)
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Chronic pain is a burden on an individual, social and economic level. Growing published research outlines various innovative online solutions aimed at addressing this issue, including interactive patient websites. This paper presents expert insights regarding an existing interactive chronic pain website, 'ONESELF', operating in Switzerland. Based o...
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Allied health professionals are fast recognising the need to adopt digital health technologies in their service delivery models. Reasons driving this need include greater digitisation of healthcare systems, such as electronic medical records, and pressures on healthcare systems to rapidly deploy digital models of care, such as telehealth consultati...
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Background Care delivered by physiotherapists aims to facilitate engagement in positive health behaviors by patients (eg, adherence to exercise). However, research suggests that behavioral interventions are frequently omitted from care. Hence, better understanding of strategies that can be used by physiotherapists to support patients to engage in p...
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Healthcare has been shifting toward individuals participating in decision-making and empowered to be active in their treatment, and health monitoring. The term “participatory health informatics” (PHI) started to appear in literature. A clear definition of PHI is missing, and facets of PHI still have to be shaped. The objective of this paper is to o...
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BACKGROUND The advancement of digital health has widened the scope of technology use across multiple frontiers of health care services, including personalized therapeutics, mobile health, eHealth record management, and telehealth consultations. The World Health Organization (WHO) responded to this in 2018 by publishing an inaugural broad classifica...
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Background The advancement of digital health has widened the scope of technology use across multiple frontiers of health care services, including personalized therapeutics, mobile health, eHealth record management, and telehealth consultations. The World Health Organization (WHO) responded to this in 2018 by publishing an inaugural broad classifica...
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Background: Person-generated health data (PGHD) are produced by people when they use health information technologies. People who use PGHD may experience changes in their health and care process, such as engagement with their own healthcare, and their sense of social support and connectedness. Research into evaluating those reported effects has not...
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Background: An established and well-known method for usability assessment of various human-computer interaction technologies is called heuristic evaluation (HE). HE has been adopted for evaluations in a wide variety of specialized contexts and with objectives that go beyond usability. A set of heuristics to evaluate how health information technolog...
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Background: Person-generated health data (PGHD) are health data that people generate, record, and analyze for themselves. Although the health benefits of PGHD use have been reported, there is no systematic way for patients to measure and report the health effects they experience from using their PGHD. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) allow...
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Objectives: To identify the different ethical issues that should be considered in participatory health through social media from different stakeholder perspectives (i.e., patients/service users, health professionals, health information technology (If) professionals, and policy makers) in any healthcare context. Methods: We implemented a two-round s...
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BACKGROUND Person-generated health data (PGHD) are produced by people when they use health information technologies. People who use PGHD may have changes in their engagement with their own health care, their relationship with their healthcare providers, and their sense of social support and connectedness. Research into evaluating those reported eff...
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BACKGROUND An established and well-known method for usability assessment of various human-computer interaction technologies is called heuristic evaluation (HE). HE has been adopted for evaluations in a wide variety of specialised contexts, and with objectives that go beyond usability. A set of heuristics to evaluate how health information technolog...
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BACKGROUND Person-generated health data (PGHD) are health data that people generate, record and analyse for themselves. Although health benefits of PGHD use have been reported, there is no systematic way for patients to measure and report health effects they experience from using their PGHD. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) allow patients...
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Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) contribute to improving the evidence base in many areas of clinical care. An area where PROMs can help build the evidence base is in person-generated health data (PGHD) that is available to people who engage with many health technologies. An important use case for PGHD outcomes is in simulated poststroke re...
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Introduction Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) allow patients to self-report the status of their health condition or experience independently. A key area for PROMs to contribute in building the evidence base is in understanding the effects of using person-generated health data (PGHD), and using PROMs to measure outcomes of using PGHD has be...
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(Accepted Full Paper - MedInfo 2019) Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) contribute to improving the evidence base in many areas of clinical care. An area where PROMs can help build the evidence base is in person-generated health data (PGHD)-available to people who engage with a range of health technologies. An important use case for PGHD ou...
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Objective: Artificial intelligence (AI) provides people and professionals working in the field of participatory health informatics an opportunity to derive robust insights from a variety of online sources. The objective of this paper is to identify current state of the art and application areas of AI in the context of participatory health. Methods:...
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Background: Person- or patient-generated health data (PGHD) are health, wellness, and clinical data that people generate, record, and analyze for themselves. There is potential for PGHD to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of simulated rehabilitation technologies for stroke. Simulated rehabilitation is a type of telerehabilitation that uses...
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Background: Social media have offered professional communities the opportunity to be digitally connected. The hashtag #GlobalPT was conceived and promoted from 2015 and has acted as a slogan for the globally connected physiotherapy community. This study explores the global reach and dominant communication themes that emerged during a set time frame...
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Objectives: With the increased use of participatory health enabling technologies, such as social media, balancing the need for health information with patient privacy and confidentiality has become a more complex and immediate concern. The purpose of this paper produced by the members of the IMIA Participatory Health and Social Media (PHSM) working...
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Research surrounding social media's impact on patient-reported health outcomes continues to emerge. However, an ongoing challenge for researchers is generating valid and reliable evidence that draws upon rigorous frameworks. This manuscript details the development and refinement of a framework that defines criteria and methods for generating and ev...
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It is important for patients to have access to the health information they generate, for them to be actively engaged in their own healthcare. This is relevant to Kinect-based post-stroke rehabilitation systems; as such there is a need to review the literature based on person-generated management and utilisation. Previous systematic reviews on Kinec...
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Biomedical informatics plays a key role in the development of precision medicine and other new technology-enabled health disciplines. In this context, the exposome (defined as the whole set of exposures on an individual) has become a relevant topic. Although most of the research work in the exposome area has been conducted around the physical and c...
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Patient empowerment is a healthcare model centered around patients developing the capacity to take responsibility for their own health. This approach is most usually linked to people living with long-term conditions (LTCs). This chapter discusses development in this approach including the therapeutic affordances of social media in LTC management, h...
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Objectives: Social media is increasingly being used in conjunction with health information technology (health IT). The objective of this paper is to identify some of the undesirable outcomes that arise from this integration and to suggest solutions to these problems. Methodology: After a discussion with experts to elicit the topics that should b...
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Objectives: The availability of internet-connected mobile, wearable and ambient consumer technologies, direct-to-consumer e-services and peer-to-peer social media sites far outstrips evidence about the efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy of using them in healthcare applications. The aim of this paper is to describe one approach to build a progr...
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Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are the second leading cause of morbidity-related burden of disease globally. EHealth is a potentially critical factor that enables the implementation of accessible, sustainable and more integrated MSK models of care (MoCs). MoCs serve as a vehicle to drive evidence into policy and practice through changes at a heal...
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Chronic pain places a significant burden on individuals as well as health services. Long wait lists to access public clinical pain management services can result, and health outcomes deteriorate. Innovative technologies, such as social media provide opportunities to support self-management within the participatory health framework. This paper aims...
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Social media, web and mobile technologies are increasingly used in healthcare and directly support patientcentered care. Patients benefit from disease self-management tools, contact to others, and closer monitoring. Researchers study drug efficiency, or recruit patients for clinical studies via these technologies. However, low communication barrier...
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Chronic pain places an enormous burden on health care systems. Multidisciplinary pain management services are well documented as an effective means to improve patient outcomes. However, waiting lists to access these services are long and outcomes deteriorate. Innovative solutions such as social media are gaining attention as a way to decrease this...
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Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) from social media use in chronic disease management continue to emerge. While many published articles suggest the potential for social media is positive, there is a lack of robust examination into mediating mechanisms that might help explain social media's therapeutic value. This study presents findings from a globa...
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Research continues to present tenuous suggestions that social media is well suited to enhance management of chronic disease and improve health outcomes. Various studies have presented qualitative reports of health outcomes from social media use and have examined discourse and communication themes occurring through different social media. However, t...
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Intro: This paper outlines the design, dissemination and recruitment of participants into a global online survey examining perceptions regarding the value of social media for chronic pain self-management. Building on literature supporting the use of online survey in health research design, we outline the step-by-step process involved in creating th...
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Background: While there is an abundance of evidence-based practice (EBP) recommendations guiding management of various chronic diseases, evidence suggesting best practice for using social media to improve health outcomes is inadequate. The variety of social media platforms, multiple potential uses, inconsistent definitions, and paucity of rigorous...
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Whilst the future for social media in chronic disease management appears to be optimistic, there is limited concrete evidence indicating whether and how social media use significantly improves patient outcomes. This review examines the health outcomes and related effects of using social media, while also exploring the unique affordances underpinnin...

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The thesis constructs a framework enabling people to report their health effects and outcomes, when they use data they generate from engaging with health information technologies (person-generated health data or PGHD). A multi-step qualitative method is designed and applied to develop a standard patient-reported measure (PRM) of using PGHD, focusing on the use case of a simulated stroke rehabilitation system. The thesis models a process for developing PRMs of utilising PGHD in various health and technology contexts.
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