Globalising Health Informatics: The Role of GIScience

Hamish Robertson*, Nick Nicholas, Andrew Georgiou, Julie Johnson, Joanne Travaglia

*Corresponding author for this work

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Health systems globally are undergoing significant changes. New systems are emerging in developing countries where there were previously limited healthcare options, existing systems in emerging and developed economies are under significant resource pressures and population dynamics are creating significant pressures for change. As health systems expand and intensify, information quality and timeliness will be central to their sustainability and continuity. Information collection and transfer across diverse systems and international borders already presents a significant challenge for health system operations and logistics. Geographic information science (giscience) has the potential to support and enhance health informatics in the coming decades as health information transfers become increasingly important. In this article we propose a spatially enabled approach to support and increasingly globalised health informatics environment. In a world where populations are ageing and urbanising and health systems are linked to economic and social policy shifts, knowing where patients, diseases, health care workers and facilities are located becomes central to those systems operational capacities. In this globalising environment, health informatics needs to be spatially enabled informatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicatione-Health - For Continuity of Care - Proceedings of MIE 2014
EditorsLouise Pape-Haugaard, Brigitte Seroussi Brigitte, Osman Saka, Christian Lovis, Arie Hasman, Stig Kjaer Andersen
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994312
StatePublished - 2014
Event25th European Medical Informatics Conference, MIE 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Aug 31 2014Sep 3 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other25th European Medical Informatics Conference, MIE 2014


  • Gobal
  • ageing
  • giscience
  • modelling
  • spatial
  • visualisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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