When Dr. Samantha Adams passed away in December 2017 she left behind a scientific legacy that bridged multiple disciplines including computer science, information science, medicine, social science, and popular culture. Of greater importance, Sam was also a mentor, colleague, and friend to our community. One of Sam’s biggest contributions was providing an interdisciplinary perspective on medical informatics to enhance our understanding of how people, processes, and technology interact in our desire to improve human health. This panel presentation summarizes Sam’s work in four areas: social theory, social constructionism and patient empowerment, consumer and pervasive informatics, and discourse analysis.

Learning Objective 1: Appreciate the role that different interdisciplinary perspectives bring to the study of medical informatics applications

Learning Objective 2: Describe how social theory provides insight about how individuals interact with technology


Craig Kuziemsky (Presenter)
University of Ottawa

Laurie Novak (Presenter)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Carolyn Petersen (Presenter)
Mayo Clinic

Anthony Solomonides (Presenter)
NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute

Jos Aarts (Presenter)
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management

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