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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', paper presented at the Australia's Health Informatics Conference - the Person in the Centre, August 31 - September 2, 2008, Melbourne.

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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.


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.


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. 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)
Authors/Creators:Le, Q
Keywords: Health informatics, confidentiality, health care system.
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