Digital Healthcare Systems

Digital healthcare systems and associated practices have proliferated in recent years due to the wide availability of mobile, wearable and other ubiquitous information-tracking and exchange technologies. Furthermore, business intelligence, machine learning and other advanced healthcare data analytics are increasingly utilised by health services to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of care. In many cases these digital systems or technologies are developed in isolation, even though the demand is for more holistic digital solutions to support clinicians, patients and various other healthcare providers/stakeholders with appropriate information and solve complex medical problems and generally make the world a better place. There is also a need for these systems to better communicate with each other in order to provide clinicians and medical institutions with the right information and communication technology (ICT) to assist users in making better informed decisions when achieving the common goal of improved outcomes.

The ambition of achieving more effective digital healthcare solutions drives research towards better understanding the core issues that face IS and ICT developers and users in this complex context. Such research lends itself to testing existing IS theories, as well as providing a rich setting for extending and producing new theoretical lenses, models, methods, constructs and applications to facilitate better information dissemination, decision making and other information services. There is also a need for innovative socio-technical research methods which can be applied by IS researchers in conducting ethical, value sensitive, user’s practice oriented and participatory research. Since such research normally involves multidisciplinary teams, cross-functional outcomes must be presented in a way which is acceptable by all members of the team/organisation for achieving individual-specific, practice-oriented as well as management-oriented outcomes.  

This year we invite 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

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, eg blockchain in healthcare;
  • Ethical and legal issues in using IS/IT, especially artificial intelligence in healthcare;
  • Reflections on process automation and cognitive automation in healthcare;
  • Wearable technologies and their role in preventive health IS/IT in various health contexts
  • IS/IT for enhanced and personalized quality of care;
  • Health IT in the Cloud;
  • Studies of healthcare supply chain obstacles and opportunities of digitalisation;
  • GPS, IoT, RFID and locational technologies for resilient healthcare delivery;
  • Economics and transformation studies of digital health;
  • People and systems interoperability in healthcare information systems;
  • Individual, community and national challenges in managing the Electronic Health Records;
  • Conceptual papers and systematic literature reviews on digital health
  • Applications of Big Data, machine learning and advanced analytics in Healthcare
  • Studies of state-wide and national implementations of digital health (such as MyHealthRecord).

Track Chairs

Frada Burstein
Monash University
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Shah Jahan Miah
Victoria University
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Lemai Nguyen
Deakin University
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