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Challenges of the 'omics' future and pathology informatics systems: are we-pathologists, clinicians, and consumers-ready?


Yee, KC, Challenges of the 'omics' future and pathology informatics systems: are we-pathologists, clinicians, and consumers-ready?, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 133, (6) pp. 938-941. ISSN 0003-9985 (2009) [Refereed Article]


The health care system is extremely complex and it is currently undergoing a massive transformation with rapid advances in technology. Pathology services have been leading the technology adaptation process and will continue to evolve rapidly with the introduction of "omics" technology. Future pathology informatics systems (PIS) will need to meet the needs of pathologists, clinicians, organizations, community services as well as the expectations of patients, especially given the complexity of "omics" technology. Technology advances, however, often progress at a pace faster than socio-cultural adaptation. A major question therefore arises, "Are we ready?" This article explores the socio-cultural-technical issues and provides a conceptual framework for future discussion about socio-cultural integration in the use of technology to provide a seamless delivery of patient-centered care. It discusses system requirements of future PIS in the context of rapid evolution of medical care. Finally, this article proposes some strategies for the design and implementation of future PIS to achieve socio-cultural-technical harmony in the "omics" era.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Bioinformatics and computational biology
Research Field:Bioinformatic methods development
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Yee, KC (Dr Kwang Yee)
ID Code:81635
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2012-12-20
Last Modified:2012-12-20

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