Health information systems (HIS), which span two large and important industries of healthcare and information technology, have attracted tremendous attention from researchers worldwide for more than a decade. We conceptualize HIS as a broad class of systems that use a variety of advanced information, mobile, social media, and wearable technologies to deliver more effective, cost-efficient, and patient-centric healthcare by promoting proactive involvement of patients to take care of their own well-being and through widespread sharing of authorized data among various stakeholders. National and regional governments worldwide have introduced several initiatives around technology use for healthcare delivery, data integration, privacy, payment models, and access to care. Concurrently, the commercial sector has launched several innovations that make it easier for healthcare professionals to track and consolidate individual patient-level data, and for patients to access healthcare and engage in healthy behaviors using novel means such as patient portals, remote telemonitoring, telemedicine, web-based social support groups, etc. Despite these significant efforts, the take-up of HIS is not uniform across different entities in different countries in the world. Neither is the impact consistent across different stakeholders, such as patients, care providers, including hospitals, physicians, nurses and pharmacists, and payers. Finally, challenges still remain for data integration across multiple sources and the meaningful analysis of healthcare data.
This track provides a forum for presenting and discussing original research highlighting the opportunities and challenges related to the role of HIS in delivering 21st century healthcare that aims to improve the experience of care, and the health of a population, as well as to curb per capita costs. We invite theoretical, empirical, and design oriented submissions that leverage the multiple perspectives of information systems in the healthcare sector.