Confluence of disciplines in health informatics: An international perspective

Antoine Geissbuhler, M. Kimura, C. A. Kulikowski, P. J. Murray, L. Ohno-Machado, H. A. Park, R. Haux

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Objective: To discuss international aspects as they relate to the convergence of disciplines in health informatics. Method: A group of international experts was invited at a symposium to present and discuss their perspectives on this topic. These have been collated in a single manuscript. Results and Conclusions: Significant challenges, as well as opportunities, appear when cumulating the intrinsic multidisciplinary nature of health informatics interventions with the diversity of contexts at the global level, in particular when considered in the perspective of a confluence, i.e., the mixing of different waters and their merging into a new, stronger entity. Health informatics experts reflect on key issues such as collaborative software development and distributed knowledge sourcing, social media and mobile technologies, the evolutions of the discipline from an historical perspective, as well as examples of challenges for implementing ubiquitous healthcare or for supporting disaster situations when infrastructures get disrupted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-555
Number of pages11
JournalMethods of Information in Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Health Information Management


  • Biomedical informatics
  • Global health informatics
  • Health informatics
  • International perspectives
  • Medical informatics

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