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]
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.
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.
Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were used in this study. It included a survey and interviews of overseas-born health professionals in Australia.
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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