Theoretical foundations for evidence-based health informatics: Why? How?

Philip James Scott, Andrew Georgiou, Hannele Hyppönen, Catherine Craven, Michael Rigby, Jytte Brender McNair

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A scientific approach to health informatics requires sound theoretical foundations. Health informatics implementation would be more effective if evidence-based and guided by theories about what is likely to work in what circumstances. We report on a Medinfo 2015 workshop on this topic jointly organized by the EFMI Working Group on Assessment of Health Information Systems and the IMIA Working Group on Technology Assessment and Quality Development. We discuss the findings of the workshop and propose an approach to consolidate empirical knowledge into testable middle-range theories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring complexity in health
Subtitle of host publicationAn interdisciplinary systems approach
EditorsAlexander Hoerbst, Werner O. Hackl, Nicolette de Keizer, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Mira Hercigonja-Szekeres, Simon de Lusignan
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-678-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-677-4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2016
EventHealth – Exploring Complexity: An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach - Munich, Germany
Duration: 28 Aug 20162 Sept 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceHealth – Exploring Complexity


  • theory
  • evaluation
  • evidence
  • health informatics
  • policy


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