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


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Le, Q (2008) Health informatics in the eyes of the overseas-born health professionals. In: Australia's Health Informatics Conference - the Person in the Centre, August 31 - September 2, 2008, Melbourne.

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Background: With the rapid development of information technology (IT), health informatics (HI) has a fi rm 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, confi dentiality etc. Objective/Hypothesis: This study investigated the views and attitudes of overseas-born health professionals about health informatics in terms of confi dentiality, 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. Confi dentiality was viewed as a signifi cant aspect which may make or break health informatics. Concerns were also raised about possible miscommunication and mismanagement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Health informatics, confidentiality, health care system.
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2008 06:26
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:49
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