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Health informatics: current issues and challenges

Bath, P.A. (2008) Health informatics: current issues and challenges. Journal of Information Science, 34 (4). pp. 501-518. ISSN 0165-5515


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Health informatics concerns the use of information and information and communication technologies within healthcare. Health informatics and information science need to take account of the unique aspects of health and medicine. The development of information systems and electronic records within health needs to consider the information needs and behaviour of all users. The sensitivity of personal health data raises ethical concerns for developing electronic records. E- health initiatives must actively involve users in the design, development, implementation and evaluation, and information science can contribute to understanding the needs and behaviour of user groups. Health informatics could make an important contribution to the ageing society and to reducing the digital divide and health divides within society. There is a need for an appropriate evidence base within health informatics to support future developments, and to ensure health informatics reaches its potential to improve the health and well- being of patients and the public.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: health informatics; health information management; medical informatics
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2009 10:20
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2009 10:20
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0165551508092267
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/0165551508092267
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9090

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