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Health informatics in the eyes of the overseas-born health professionals


Le, Q, Health informatics in the eyes of the overseas-born health professionals, The Person in the Centre: Health Informatics Conference Proceedings 2008, 31 August - 2 September 2008, Melbourne, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978 0 9805520 0 3 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Background: With the rapid development of information technology (IT), health informatics (HI) has a firm technological basis for the development and enhancement of health care systems. Although health informatics depends heavily on the power of technology for its form and function, it is fundamentally a human discourse which deals with issues such as interpersonal communication, organisational interaction, trust, confidentiality etc. Objective/Hypothesis: This study investigated the views and attitudes of overseas-born health professionals about health informatics in terms of confidentiality, coordination, management, communication and technical user-friendliness. Method: Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used in this study. It included a survey and interviews of overseas-born health professionals in Australia. Results: The results indicated that there was some confusion among health workers about the concept and principles of health informatics. Confidentiality was viewed as a significant aspect which may make or break health informatics. Concerns were also raised about possible miscommunication and mismanagement.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Health informatics, confidentiality, health care system
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:53289
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2008-11-19
Last Modified:2015-02-05

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