Special Issue "Public Health Informatics"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (2 December 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Anthony Maeder
School of Computing, Engineering and Math, University of Western Sydney, Penrith NSW 2751, Australia
Website: http://www.uws.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/professor_anthony_maeder
Interests: health informatics; standards; medical imaging; telehealth; smart homes; data mining; pattern recognition; human factors
Guest Editor
Dr. Rosemary Foster
e-Health Strategy and Policy Division, Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
Website: http://www.mrc.ac.za/innovation/ehrip.htm#ehealth
Phone: +27-21-938-0352
Interests: policy formulation and strategy development for eHealth; eHealth standards and architecture; eHealth impact assessment and best practices; human factors and change management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Health Informatics has grown to cover a wide spectrum of interests across the broader health sector, in response to numerous economic and political drivers.  Much emphasis has been placed on technical and implementation aspects, such as interoperability and security.  Less commentary has been made from a public sector perspective, where technical aspects must be moderated with social and business needs and public health priorities.  Recent increasing interest in Health Informatics from international bodies such as standards development organisations (e.g. ISO, HL7, IHTSDO) and non-government agencies (e.g. UN, WHO, World Bank) suggests a need to identify those unifying activities and associated issues which characterise public health informatics developments around the world.  This special issue invites contributions which will increase shared understanding and adoption of public health informatics needs and trends, as well as identifying successful approaches and constraining factors in public sector settings.

Prof. Dr. Anthony Maeder
Dr. Rosemary Foster
Guest Editors


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  • public health systems and informatics needs
  • health informatics standards and practices
  • health data analytics and data mining
  • health data management and governance issues
  • secondary use of health data and data linkage
  • impact of Internet and personal health aspects
  • public health informatics in the developing world
  • national health data and EHR systems design and deployment
  • international best practice approaches and policies

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

Last update: 3 April 2013

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