Health Infonomics: Intelligent Applications of Information Technology

Health Infonomics: Intelligent Applications of Information Technology

Michael Mackert (The University of Texas at Austin, USA), Pamela Whitten (Michigan State University, USA) and Bree Holtz (Michigan State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch008
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Abstract

Researchers are currently challenged to document the economic aspects of information across an array of contexts. While some lessons can be applied generally, certain contexts present unique challenges for researchers interested in the acquisition, management, and use of information. Health is one such field currently undergoing a revolution driven by new applications of information-based technologies and services. This chapter provides background on health informatics and current issues as health informatics impacts the provision of health in doctors’ offices, shifts the provision of healthcare services into patients’ homes, and presents new opportunities to address public health concerns. An outline of a future research agenda in health informatics and a look at the prospect of health informatics applications provides the necessary foundation for focused work on the economic impact of this information-driven transformation in healthcare delivery.

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