, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 557-562
Date: 21 Sep 2007

Why There Can Be No Sustainable National Healthcare IT Program Without a Translational Health Information Science

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Health information technology research has historically suffered from the persistence of paper-based systems as a barrier to research and refinement of information models. While the field of (non-medical) information science offers a potentially rich source of data, there exist relatively few theoretical links between medical and non-medical information models. This paper argues that the establishment of an integrated translational research pathway is not only useful, but is a critical and necessary step in the realization of a national health information infrastructure in the USA.