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Conceptual challenges for advancing the socio-technical underpinnings of health informatics


Whetton, SG and Georgiou, A, Conceptual challenges for advancing the socio-technical underpinnings of health informatics, Open Medical Informatics Journal, 4, (1) pp. 221-224. ISSN 1874-4311 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.2174/1874431101004010221


This discussion paper considers the adoption of socio-technical perspectives and their theoretical and practical influence within the discipline of health informatics. . The paper highlights the paucity of discussion of the philosophy, theory and concepts of socio-technical perspectives within health informatics. Instead of a solid theoretical base from which to describe, study and understand human-information technology interactions we continue to have fragmented, unelaborated understandings. This has resulted in a continuing focus on technical system performance and increasingly managerial outputs to the detriment of social and technical systems analysis It has also limited critical analyses and the adaptation of socio-technical approaches beyond the immediate environment to the broader social systems of contemporary society, an expansion which is increasingly mandated in today’s complex health environment.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Complex systems, evaluation studies, medical informatics, sociotechnical, theory
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information systems philosophy, research methods and theory
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Whetton, SG (Dr Sue Whetton)
ID Code:66928
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-02-18
Last Modified:2012-10-02
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