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Patient-centred coordinated care in times of emerging diseases and epidemics


Borycki, E and Cummings, E and Dexheimer, JW and Gong, Y and Kenneback, S and Kushniruk, A and Kuziemsky, C and Saranto, K and Weber, J and Takeda, H, Patient-centred coordinated care in times of emerging diseases and epidemics, Yearbook of Medical Informatics pp. 207-215. ISSN 2364-0502 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2015 IMIA and Schattauer GmbH

DOI: doi:10.15265/IY-2015-019


Objectives: In this paper the researchers describe how existing health information technologies (HIT) can be repurposed and new technologies can be innovated to provide patient-centered care to individuals affected by new and emerging diseases.

Methods: The researchers conducted a focused review of the published literature describing how HIT can be used to support safe, patient-centred, coordinated care to patients who are affected by Ebola (an emerging disease).

Results: New and emerging diseases present opportunities for repurposing existing technologies and for stimulating the development of new HIT innovation. Innovative technologies may be developed such as new software used for tracking patients during new or emerging disease outbreaks or by repurposing and extending existing technologies so they can be used to support patients, families and health professionals who may have been exposed to a disease. The paper describes the development of new technologies and the repurposing and extension of existing ones (such as electronic health records) using the most recent outbreak of Ebola.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:patient safety, health information technology, Ebola virus, electronic health records, technological innovations
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response)
Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
ID Code:100721
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-05-27
Last Modified:2018-02-09
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