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Useful e-Health Systems or Useful Health Information? (Asia Pacific Chapter)

Huge investments are made around the world in developing and leveraging e-health services to improve public and individual health and to increase the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. One of the backbones of contemporary patient-oriented e-health infrastructures with high expectations of its positive outcomes are patient accessible electronic health records. A lot of emphasis has been put on the development and usability of technical systems whereas the information contained in and communication by the systems has received much less attention.
This presentation discusses findings from a line of recent studies in two projects in the Nordic region with a focus on the information aspects of electronic health records and patient-oriented health information with a focus on older adults. The results so far point to that while informational and technical experiences and preferences of services are linked, they need to be attended separately.


Professor Isto Huvila holds the chair in information studies at the Department of ALM (Archival Studies, Library and Information Studies and Museums and Cultural Heritage Studies) at Uppsala University in Sweden and is docent (~adjunct professor) in information management at Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. During the academic year 2019/20 Huvila was working as a visiting professor at the School of Information (iSchool, Library, Archival and Information Studies) at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His primary areas of research include information and knowledge management, information work, knowledge organization, documentation, research data, and social and participatory information practices. The contexts of his research ranges from archaeology and cultural heritage, archives, libraries and museums to health information and e-health, social media, virtual worlds and corporate and public organizations. Huvila's work has been funded, among others, by the European Research Council, the Swedish Research Council and the Academy of Finland and he has given numerous invited talks and published broadly on the topics ranging from information work management, archaeological information management, social media, virtual reality information issues to archival studies and museum informatics, and health information. He received a MA degree in cultural history at the University of Turku in 2002 and a PhD degree in information studies at Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) in 2006.

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