The advancement of information technology and digital innovations has become a driving force for global healthcare development and transformation. Without exception, China’s investment in its healthcare industry had increased dramatically year-over-year (Lei et al., 2016). Healthcare is becoming increasingly data intensive and evidence-based (Agarwal et al., 2010). ICT-empowered healthcare has emerged as a new discipline – health informatics, which aims at delivering the most effective and efficient care to patients with a strong commitment to cost reduction. Health informatics is defined as “the use of information and ICTs to improve the quality of care and health and well-being of patients, their families and carers, and the general public” (Bath, 2008, p.505). Successful health informatics practices require effective collaboration among domain experts with different disciplinary skills and knowledge and active participation of the general public. China has launched a major healthcare reform and invested heavily in health informatics since 2009 (Yip et al., 2019). In 2016, Healthy China 2030 was launched, outlining the country’s long-term strategy for the development of its healthcare sector. Currently, most hospitals and clinics in China are attempting to deploy health technologies and information systems that leverage big data, Internet of things, and cloud computing to greatly improve their smart health services.
Although China has made steady progress in health informatics research and development, many challenges remain. To better understand the current status and future directions of health informatics development in China’s context, scholars and practitioners recognize that a one-size-fits-all model rarely works in large and diverse countries like China (Yip et al., 2019).
The aim of this special issue is to present the latest developments in health informatics research and practice in China. We welcome in particular original contributions that (a) conceptualize and contextualize health informatics in China’s context; (b) provide empirical evidence on leveraging informatics in healthcare in China, such as design and deployment of new tools and techniques, data analytics in healthcare, and development of local and national healthcare infrastructure in China; (c) investigate theoretical frameworks and models related to health informatics issues in China, such as the adoption and use of health information systems, health literacy training and public health informatics education, ethical and legal issues involved in health informatics research and development. Comparative studies are also welcome.
This special issue welcomes original research papers, conceptual papers, case studies, and systematic review articles that address a range of topics including, but are not limited to, the following areas. If in doubt about the suitability, please contact the Guest Editors.
Comparative analysis of healthcare IT professionals and policies nationally or internationally
Consumers, patients, or healthcare professionals’ information needs and information behavior in the context of healthcare in China
e-Health initiatives adoption, implementation, design, and evaluation in China
Health literacy training and health informatics education in China
Workforce standards, organizational and social roles of health information technologies in China
ICT-empowered doctor-patient communication and relationship
Ethical concerns within health informatics in China
Knowledge sharing in online health communities in China
Affordances and constraints of health information technologies in China
Ubiquitous computing for chronic condition management in China
Data science and health analytics in China
Consumer access to health information in China
Electronic medical records in China
Health information standards and regulations in China
Security, privacy, and disparities of health information access in China
Prospective authors should submit original manuscripts that have not appeared, nor are under consideration, in any other journals. Submissions must be prepared according to the Journal submission guidelines: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/information-processing-and-management/0306-4573/guide-for-authors. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion in the special issue, it is important that authors select “VSI: Health Informatics in China” when they reach the “Article Type Selection / Issue selection” step in the submission process.
Submission system opens: January 1, 2020
Manuscript submission deadline: July 1, 2020
Publication of special issue: January 2021
Note – IP&M adheres to a rolling submission model, with the full special issue targeted for January 2021.
Dr. Yuxiang (Chris) Zhao, School of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Yan Zhang, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Zhe He, School of Information, College of Communication and Information, Florida State University, USA. Email: email@example.com
Dr. Qinghua Zhu, School of Information Management, Nanjing University, China. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• A brief CV of the proposed Guest Editors
Dr. Yuxiang (Chris) Zhao is a professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology School of Economics and Management. He is also a senior research fellow of the Institute of Health Informatics at Nanjing University. He has been involved in a wide range of research activities and research projects, with a particular focus on human-computer interaction, health informatics, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, and digital humanities. His research has been published in such academic journals and conferences as Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, International Journal of Information Management, Information Systems Frontiers, Online Information Review, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Aslib Journal of Information Management, ICIS, ASIS&T, iConference, PACIS, HCI International, and among others. Dr. Zhao has been awarded the distinguished young scholars in Chinese Humanities & Social Science domain in 2016 and is serving on the editorial boards of Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Information Processing & Management (IP&M), Journal of Data and Information Science (JDIS), and Data and Information Management (DIM). Currently, Dr. Zhao is also serving as the guest editor for the special issue of JASIST and Aslib Journal of Information Management, and organizing a workshop for the iConference 2020 entitled “ICT for Development, Empowerment for Growth: How Can the Information Field Contribute?”. His research received several prestigious recognitions, including Best Poster Award of ASIS&T 2019, Best Poster Nominee Award of iConference 2017, and Best Proposal Award of PACIS 2010.
Dr. Yan Zhang is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on consumer health information needs, health information search behavior, and the design of personalized context-aware health information search systems. Her work has been published in leading information science and health informatics journals, including the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Information Processing and Management (IP&M), Journal of Documentation (JDOC), Computers in Human Behavior (CHB), and the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). She is currently serving on the editorial boards of JASIST and Library and Information Science Research (LISR).
Dr. Zhe He is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University School of Information. He is also holding a courtesy appointment with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine of College of Medicine. He is the Lead of the Method Core of the Center for Translational Behavioral Science and the Informatics Lead of the FSU-UF Clinical and Translational Science Award. His research lies in biomedical and health informatics, clinical research informatics, data mining, knowledge representation, and big data analytics. In FSU iSchool, he is directing the eHealth Lab. The overarching goal of his research is to improve the population health and advance biomedical research through the collection, analysis, and application of electronic health data from heterogeneous sources. As Principal Investigator, Dr. He has been funded by National Institutes of Health, Eli Lilly and Company, Amazon, NVIDIA, FSU Council on Research and Creativity, and Institute for Successful Longevity. Dr. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, MS in Computer Science from Columbia University, and BS in Computer Science from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Before joining FSU, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in leading biomedical informatics venues. His papers received a number of prestigious recognitions, including two Distinguished Paper Awards of AMIA 2015 and 2017 Annual Symposium. He is an Associate Editor of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.
Dr. Qinghua Zhu is a Professor and Associate Dean at Nanjing University School of Information Management. He is the director of the Institute of Health Informatics at Nanjing University. His research lies in online information resources management, health informatics, and social media. His research has been published in outlets such as the International Journal of Information Management, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Online Information Review, Information Systems Frontier, and Scientometrics among others. Currently, Dr. Zhu is serving on the editorial board of the Aslib Journal of Information Management. As Principal Investigator, Dr. Zhu has been funded by the Key National Social Science Foundation of China and the National Science Foundation of China.
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