Yearb Med Inform 2015; 24(01): 207-15
DOI: 10.15265/IY-2015-019
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Patient-Centred Coordinated Care in Times of Emerging Diseases and Epidemics

Contribution of the IMIA Working Group on Patient Safety
E. Borycki
1  School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
,
E. Cummings
2  School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
,
J. W. Dexheimer
3  Division of Emergency Medicine, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
,
Y. Gong
4  School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA
,
S. Kennebeck
5  Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
,
A. Kushniruk
1  School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
,
C. Kuziemsky
6  Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
,
K. Saranto
7  Department of Health and Social Management, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland
,
J. Weber
1  School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
,
H. Takeda
8  Graduate School of Health Care Sciences, Jikei Institute, Osaka, Japan
› Author Affiliations
Further Information

Correspondence to:

Elizabeth Borycki
Health Information Science
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada

Publication History

30 June 2015

Publication Date:
10 March 2018 (online)

 

Summary

Objectives: In this paper the researchers describe how existing health information technologies (HIT) can be repurposed and new technologies can be innovated to provide patient-centered care to individuals affected by new and emerging diseases.

Methods: The researchers conducted a focused review of the published literature describing how HIT can be used to support safe, patient-centred, coordinated care to patients who are affected by Ebola (an emerging disease).

Results: New and emerging diseases present opportunities for repurposing existing technologies and for stimulating the development of new HIT innovation. Innovative technologies may be developed such as new software used for tracking patients during new or emerging disease outbreaks or by repurposing and extending existing technologies so they can be used to support patients, families and health professionals who may have been exposed to a disease. The paper describes the development of new technologies and the repurposing and extension of existing ones (such as electronic health records) using the most recent outbreak of Ebola as an example.


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Correspondence to:

Elizabeth Borycki
Health Information Science
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Canada