IS in Healthcare Track

Contemporary healthcare is increasingly developing new technology and new systems.  In many cases these systems are developed in isolation and while there is a need for technical solutions to help clinicians and other healthcare providers to support with appropriate information and solve complex medical problems, there is also a need for these systems to communicate with each other and have a common goal of improved benefits for patients’ communities. The importance of providing clinicians and medical institutions with the right information and communication technology (ICT) provisions are difficult to estimate, however there will always be a need for ICT based solutions to look at the patient from a wholistic viewpoint and this will require ways for healthcare professionals to become more resilient to the increasing number of disparate systems that provide inputs to assist them in making better medical decisions.

To facilitate this health informatics will need to understand the complex context which lends itself to the testing of existing IS theories, as well as providing a rich setting for extending and producing new theoretical lens, models, methods, constructs and solution applications to inform better information disseminations, decision making and other services.  There is also a need for innovative socio-technical research methods which can be applied by IS researchers in conducting ethical, user’s practice oriented and participatory research. Since such research normally involves multidisciplinary teams and the outcomes must be presented in the way which is acceptable by all members of the team for achieving practice-oriented as well as management-oriented outcomes.  

This track invites papers covering a broad range of topics related to the intersection of IS and healthcare. We welcome submission from industry partners in a form of short papers and reports on the current trends and challenges impacting healthcare resilience.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical research on participatory healthcare information systems;
  • Reflections on practical applications of advanced IS//IT to enhance healthcare resilience
  • Case studies of real-world healthcare systems applications;
  • Socio-technical health IS/IT focussed systematic literature reviews;
  • Advancing IS theories in healthcare settings;
  • Patient-centred health IS/IT and patient empowerment;
  • Privacy and Security issues in healthcare IS/IT;
  • Development of wearable technologies and/or their role in preventive health IS/IT in mental health, quality of care, and personalization;
  • Health IT in the Cloud;
  • Global Positioning Systems, IoT, RFID and locational technologies for resilient healthcare service delivery 
  • Economics of Health IS/IT People and systems interoperability in healthcare information systems;
  • Challenges in managing the Electronic Health Record at Individual Community and National levels
  • Population level analysis of health data
  • Conceptual papers and Systematic literature reviews
  • Applications of Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare and
  • Decision making processes, optimisations, and support mechanisms that are evolved around healthcare matters

Track Chairs

Frada Burstein

Monash University

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Don Kerr

University of the Sunshine Coast

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Shah J Miah

Victoria University

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Hamid Pousti

Swinburne University of Technology

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