Sustainable Health Informatics: Health Informaticians as Alchemists

Christian Nøhr*, Craig E Kuziemsky, Peter L Elkin, Romaric Marcilly, Sylvia Pelayo

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The digital transformation of health care delivery remains an elusive work in progress. Contextual variation continues to be a significant barrier to the development of sustainable health information systems. In this paper we characterize health informaticians as modern alchemists and use this characterization to describe informatics progress in addressing four key healthcare challenges. We highlight the need for informaticians to be diligent and loyal to basic methodological principles while also appreciating the role that contextual variation plays in informatics research. We also emphasize that meaningful health systems transformation takes time. The insight presented in this paper helps informaticians in our quest to develop sustainable health information systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContext Sensitive Health Informatics : Sustainability in Dynamic Ecosystems
EditorsRomaric Marcelly, Craig Kuziemsky, Christian Nøhr, Sylvia Palayo
PublisherIOS Press
Publication date2019
ISBN (Electronic)9781643680040
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics


  • Context
  • Decision support
  • Health informatics
  • Ontologies
  • Sustainability
  • Usability
  • Work practice
  • standards

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