Technology-Enabled Knowledge Translation and Our Environment

  • Richard Scott
  • Chad Saunders
  • Mone Palacios
  • Duyen Nguyen
  • Sajid Ali
Chapter
Part of the Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age book series (Healthcare Delivery Inform. Age)

Abstract

Questioning the underutilization of ‘knowledge’ for the purpose of informing policy and decision-making is an area of historical and continued debate. In the last decade or so, there has been renewed interest in the health and health-care sectors in rapidly transforming knowledge into informed action. The term knowledge translation (KT) has been used to describe this process. Concomitant with this has been the rapid growth in the application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to capture data, transform data into information, share this information to generate knowledge, and to then apply that knowledge, giving rise to the term Technology-Enabled Knowledge Translation (TEKT). Many advantages are purported to exist for the use of ICTs in business, entertainment, health, education, and KT through linking people, objects, and information. Disadvantages are seldom addressed. Overlooked in this convergence of technology and KT has been the fact that application of any type of ICT solution has an environmental impact. Recent research into Environmental e-Health, another ICT-intensive field of health-related research and application, has revealed concern for three primary areas of environmental impact (resource depletion, energy use, and e-waste) and the need for thorough understanding of any specific circumstance through life cycle assessment. These findings are examined in the context of TEKT in order to raise awareness and encourage environmentally sensitive applications of TEKT solutions.

Keywords

Combustion Hydrocarbon Expense Posit Egypt 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Scott
    • 1
  • Chad Saunders
    • 2
  • Mone Palacios
    • 3
  • Duyen Nguyen
    • 4
  • Sajid Ali
    • 4
  1. 1.Health Sciences Centre University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Haskayne School of Business, Faculty of Management Information Systems, and Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, G012, Health Sciences CentreUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  4. 4.Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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