Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 557–562

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

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10916-007-9099-3

Cite this article as:
Lorence, D. J Med Syst (2007) 31: 557. doi:10.1007/s10916-007-9099-3


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.


National healthcare IT NHII Translational Health information science 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Penn State Center for Technology AssessmentState CollegeUSA

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