Conceptual Challenges for Advancing the Socio-Technical Underpinnings of Health Informatics
Sue Whetton*, 1, Andrew Georgiou2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 221
Last Page: 224
Publisher Id: TOMINFOJ-4-221
Article History:Received Date: 6/4/2010
Revision Received Date: 10/4/2010
Acceptance Date: 11/4/2010
Electronic publication date: 15/9/2010
Collection year: 2010
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This discussion paper considers the adoption of socio-technical perspectives and their theoretical and practical influence within the discipline of health informatics. The paper highlights the paucity of discussion of the philosophy, theory and concepts of socio-technical perspectives within health informatics. Instead of a solid theoretical base from which to describe, study and understand human-information technology interactions we continue to have fragmented, unelaborated understandings. This has resulted in a continuing focus on technical system performance and increasingly managerial outputs to the detriment of social and technical systems analysis. It has also limited critical analyses and the adaptation of socio-technical approaches beyond the immediate environment to the broader social systems of contemporary society, an expansion which is increasingly mandated in today’s complex health environment.