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User Psychology and Behavior Regarding Healthcare IT

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Information technology (IT) applications in the healthcare sector have become increasingly prevalent in today’s digital society. During the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare IT played an important role in public health crisis management and pandemic prediction using Big Data. Healthcare IT not only removed temporal or geographic restrictions but also empowered individual patients with better health services and social support on a larger scale. Attributes of healthcare IT, such as ubiquity, accessibility, trustworthiness, and ease of use, are of great importance for implementing digitalized health services. Healthcare IT has great synergy effects on the healthcare industry through alleviating rural-urban health disparities and redistributing health resources. Specifically, healthcare IT can collect and monitor users’ real-time health data through wearable devices, mobile phones, and online health communities, which in turn can provide insights about users’ health behavioral changes. Going a step further, healthcare IT is able to generate further valuable health insights (e.g., health feedbacks and interventions) for both physicians and patients by predictive analytics. Accordingly, healthcare IT creates new challenges as well as opportunities for organizations, practitioners, and other stakeholders in healthcare industry and health insurance industry etc. To better understand how individuals interact with healthcare IT, it is imperative to investigate how various psychological processes influence users to incline/decline to use such innovations.

This Research Topic aims to advance the studies in user (physicians and patients) behavior regarding healthcare IT from interdisciplinary perspectives, including Psychology, Information Systems, Management, and Marketing, etc. Furthermore, since exploring user behavior regarding healthcare IT is not independent from its context, we especially call for further research on individuals’ psychological factors. In addition to the attributes of healthcare IT itself, we also focus on how to promote healthcare IT in accordance with users’ psychological factors.

The (non-exclusive) list of topics includes:
- User behaviors and psychological factors related to healthcare IT applications, such as mobile health apps and online health communities.
- User behaviors and psychological factors related to health monitoring with sensors and value-added services based on ambient and wearable sensors.
- Human factors in AI enabled health problems diagnostics and therapies.
- Human factors in augmented and virtual reality applications for healthcare.
- Promoting digital health platforms and their underlying business models from the user perspective.
- Healthcare data: generation, ownership, management, and data mining on user behavioral and psychological data.
- Addressing trust and privacy issues in digital health.


Keywords: Healthcare IT, User behavior, Users’ psychological factors, Health data, Digitalized health services, Health monitoring, Digital health


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Information technology (IT) applications in the healthcare sector have become increasingly prevalent in today’s digital society. During the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare IT played an important role in public health crisis management and pandemic prediction using Big Data. Healthcare IT not only removed temporal or geographic restrictions but also empowered individual patients with better health services and social support on a larger scale. Attributes of healthcare IT, such as ubiquity, accessibility, trustworthiness, and ease of use, are of great importance for implementing digitalized health services. Healthcare IT has great synergy effects on the healthcare industry through alleviating rural-urban health disparities and redistributing health resources. Specifically, healthcare IT can collect and monitor users’ real-time health data through wearable devices, mobile phones, and online health communities, which in turn can provide insights about users’ health behavioral changes. Going a step further, healthcare IT is able to generate further valuable health insights (e.g., health feedbacks and interventions) for both physicians and patients by predictive analytics. Accordingly, healthcare IT creates new challenges as well as opportunities for organizations, practitioners, and other stakeholders in healthcare industry and health insurance industry etc. To better understand how individuals interact with healthcare IT, it is imperative to investigate how various psychological processes influence users to incline/decline to use such innovations.

This Research Topic aims to advance the studies in user (physicians and patients) behavior regarding healthcare IT from interdisciplinary perspectives, including Psychology, Information Systems, Management, and Marketing, etc. Furthermore, since exploring user behavior regarding healthcare IT is not independent from its context, we especially call for further research on individuals’ psychological factors. In addition to the attributes of healthcare IT itself, we also focus on how to promote healthcare IT in accordance with users’ psychological factors.

The (non-exclusive) list of topics includes:
- User behaviors and psychological factors related to healthcare IT applications, such as mobile health apps and online health communities.
- User behaviors and psychological factors related to health monitoring with sensors and value-added services based on ambient and wearable sensors.
- Human factors in AI enabled health problems diagnostics and therapies.
- Human factors in augmented and virtual reality applications for healthcare.
- Promoting digital health platforms and their underlying business models from the user perspective.
- Healthcare data: generation, ownership, management, and data mining on user behavioral and psychological data.
- Addressing trust and privacy issues in digital health.


Keywords: Healthcare IT, User behavior, Users’ psychological factors, Health data, Digitalized health services, Health monitoring, Digital health


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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29 August 2021 Abstract
27 December 2021 Manuscript

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29 August 2021 Abstract
27 December 2021 Manuscript

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