Expanding multi-disciplinary approaches to healthcare information technologies: What does information systems offer medical informatics?

Mike Chiasson*, Madhu Reddy, Bonnie Kaplan, Elizabeth Davidson

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Abstract

The effective use of information technology (IT) is a crucial component for the delivery of effective services in health care. Current approaches to medical informatics (MI) research have significantly contributed to the success of IT use in health care but important challenges remain to be addressed. We believe that expanding the multi-disciplinary basis for MI research is important to meeting these research challenges. In this paper, we outline theories and methods used in information systems (IS) research that we believe can inform our understanding of health care IT applications and outcomes. To do so, we discuss some general differences in the focus and methods of MI and IS research to identify broad opportunities. We then review conceptual and methodological approaches in IS that have been applied in health care IT research. These include: technology-use mediation, collaborative work, genre theory, interpretive research, action research, and modeling. Examples of these theories and methods in healthcare IS research are illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-97
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume76
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Collaborative work
  • Genre theory
  • Information systems
  • Inter-disciplinary research
  • Interpretive methods
  • Medical informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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