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IC Sciences Investigates Application of Narrative Sciences for Medical Informatics Instruments
Date:4/16/2008

BOSTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- IC Sciences Corporation announced today a new initiative that explores narrative techniques for designing and developing informatics instruments used in medical practice and healthcare 2.0 markets. Narrative science, an emerging field that draws upon the cognitive and anthropologic sciences, is based upon a theoretical and experimental foundation regarding human intelligence's reliance on narrative for richly conveying context and thinking, shaping our interpretations, and therapeutically processing experiences. By providing a view into individual mindset, narrative can provide an essential mechanism for personalizing informatics interventions, thereby more effectively engaging patients and clinicians.

In keeping with the Company's strategy to develop a new, more potent generation of digital informatics instruments, narrative science complements the repertoire of cognitive, complexity, and informatics disciplines being applied for this purpose. IC Sciences is collaborating with leaders in the industry to synthesize these sciences into an integrated system for investigating, designing, constructing, testing, and deploying healthcare informatics interventions.

The Company's latest scientific brief, "Narrative Techniques in Medicine: Translating Cognitive Sciences into Potent Informatics Instruments," explains the importance and relevance of narrative, citing "[Narrative techniques] are powerful tools for understanding patients' thinking and thus optimally engaging them, which can contribute to improved outcomes. They are effective in eliciting patient histories, which improves diagnostic accuracy, patient-provider relationships, and therapeutic effects. Narrative techniques can also provide structure for social networking communities; in the case of patients, these narratives can offer a superior level of patient education, decision-making, and self-care support. Narrative techniques also provide a potentially rich
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