Special Issue on: Health informatics in China: Local practices with global implications
• 大类 : 工程技术 - 2区
• 小类 : 计算机：信息系统 - 2区
The advancement of information technology and digital innovations has become a driving force for global healthcare development and transformation. Without exception, China’s investment in its healthcare industry had increased dramatically year-over-year (Lei et al., 2016). Healthcare is becoming increasingly data intensive and evidence-based (Agarwal et al., 2010). ICT-empowered healthcare has emerged as a new discipline - health informatics, which aims at delivering the most effective and efficient care to patients with a strong commitment to cost reduction. Health informatics is defined as “the use of information and ICTs to improve the quality of care and health and well-being of patients, their families and carers, and the general public” (Bath, 2008, p.505). Successful health informatics practices require effective collaboration among domain experts with different disciplinary skills and knowledge and active participation of the general public. China has launched a major healthcare reform and invested heavily in health informatics since 2009 (Yip et al., 2019). In 2016, Healthy China 2030 was launched, outlining the country’s long-term strategy for the development of its healthcare sector. Currently, most hospitals and clinics in China are attempting to deploy health technologies and information systems that leverage big data, Internet of things, and cloud computing to greatly improve their smart health services.
Although China has made steady progress in health informatics research and development, many challenges remain. To better understand the current status and future directions of health informatics development in China’s context, scholars and practitioners recognize that a one-size-fits-all model rarely works in large and diverse countries like China (Yip et al., 2019).
The aim of this special issue is to present the latest developments in health informatics research and practice in China. We welcome in particular original contributions that (a) conceptualize and contextualize health informatics in China’s context; (b) provide empirical evidence on leveraging informatics in healthcare in China, such as design and deployment of new tools and techniques, data analytics in healthcare, and development of local and national healthcare infrastructure in China; (c) investigate theoretical frameworks and models related to health informatics issues in China, such as the adoption and use of health information systems, health literacy training and public health informatics education, ethical and legal issues involved in health informatics research and development. Comparative studies are also welcome.
This special issue welcomes original research papers, conceptual papers, case studies, and systematic review articles that address a range of topics including, but are not limited to, the following areas. If in doubt about the suitability, please contact the Guest Editors.
Comparative analysis of healthcare IT professionals and policies nationally or internationally
Consumers, patients, or healthcare professionals’ information needs and information behavior in the context of healthcare in China
e-Health initiatives adoption, implementation, design, and evaluation in China
Health literacy training and health informatics education in China
Workforce standards, organizational and social roles of health information technologies in China
ICT-empowered doctor-patient communication and relationship
Ethical concerns within health informatics in China
Knowledge sharing in online health communities in China
Affordances and constraints of health information technologies in China
Ubiquitous computing for chronic condition management in China
Data science and health analytics in China
Consumer access to health information in China
Electronic medical records in China
Health information standards and regulations in China
Security, privacy, and disparities of health information access in China