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Digital Health Services Research: The Role of Health Information Technologies in the Organization of Health Care Systems

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Healthcare systems are complex organizations that require the concurrent participation of a vast array of components including people, knowledge, information, as well as physical and financial resources. In a context of increasing healthcare costs and mounting pressures to deliver care at the highest ...

Healthcare systems are complex organizations that require the concurrent participation of a vast array of components including people, knowledge, information, as well as physical and financial resources. In a context of increasing healthcare costs and mounting pressures to deliver care at the highest effectiveness and reduced risk, generating deep understanding on how the organization of those components can impact health outcomes and system efficiencies becomes critical.

Health services research is a multidisciplinary field that studies how health care is organized, from access to care in all its forms - preventative, curative, palliative - to how that care is delivered, and the effects of different care delivery models. Health information technologies are a set of tools that can revolutionize how health care is organized and delivered. The transformational power of digital technologies in health care organization and delivery has denominated the digital transformation of health. The goal of this Research Topic is to focus on the contributions of health informatics research and highlight its potential to positively alter the way we organize care.

This collection seeks to disseminate cutting edge research and perspectives regarding the role of health information technologies and health informatics in studying, modifying, predicting, and improving the organization of health care systems along the complete continuum of care. Examples of topics may include:

- Use of health information systems to assess or monitor different aspects (organizational, operational) of health care systems’ performance
- The role of health information systems and health informatics in predicting future performance of healthcare systems.
- The role of health information systems and health informatics in informing the re-organization of healthcare systems (through new models of care, through informatics interventions, etc.)
- The potential downsides or adverse effects that health information systems might have on the operation of healthcare systems

Dr. Wendy Chapman is a member of the scientific advisory board for Health Catalyst Inc. All other Topic Editors declare no conflicts of interest.


Keywords: Health Informatics, Health Information Systems, Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Organization, Digital Transformation


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31 January 2021 Manuscript
28 February 2021 Manuscript Extension

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28 February 2021 Manuscript Extension

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