eHealth-as-a-Service (eHaaS) : the industrialisation of health informatics, a practical approach

Black, Alofi Shane & Sahama, Tony (2014) eHealth-as-a-Service (eHaaS) : the industrialisation of health informatics, a practical approach. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on E-health Networking, Application and Services (Healthcom), IEEE, Natal, Brazil, pp. 555-559.

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With the introduction of the Personally Controlled Health Record (PCEHR), the Australian public is being asked to accept greater responsibility for their healthcare. Although well designed, constructed and intentioned, policy and privacy concerns have resulted in an eHealth model that may impact future health information sharing requirements. Thus an opportunity to transform the beleaguered Australian PCEHR into a sustainable on-demand technology consumption model for patient safety must be explored further. Moreover, the current clerical focus of healthcare practitioners must be renegotiated to establish a shared knowledge creation landscape of action for safer patient interventions. To achieve this potential however requires a platform that will facilitate efficient and trusted unification of all health information available in real-time across the continuum of care. As a conceptual paper, the goal of the authors is to deliver insights into the antecedents of usage influencing superior patient outcomes within an eHealth-as-a-Service framework. To achieve this, the paper attempts to distil key concepts and identify common themes drawn from a preliminary literature review of eHealth and cloud computing concepts, specifically cloud service orchestration to establish a conceptual framework and a research agenda. Initial findings support the authors’ view that an eHealth-as-a-Service (eHaaS) construct will serve as a disruptive paradigm shift in the aggregation and transformation of health information for use as real-world knowledge in patient care scenarios. Moreover, the strategic value of extending the community Health Record Bank (HRB) model lies in the ability to automatically draw on a multitude of relevant data repositories and sources to create a single source of practice based evidence and to engage market forces to create financial sustainability.

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ID Code: 78007
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: eHealth, eHaaS, Cloud computing, Personal Health records, as-a-service, health record bank, industrialisation
DOI: 10.1109/HealthCom.2014.7001902
ISBN: 978-1-4799-6644-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Web Technologies (excl. Web Search) (080505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services (080612)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Deposited On: 23 Oct 2014 22:25
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