|InterJournal Complex Systems, 816
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Submission Date: 2004
|Complex Medical Information Systems: A Social Context|
Diverse knowledge systems play central roles in the delivery of health services. Medical data collection, archival, and analysis are all increasing in both rate and volume; massively-linked datasets are emerging and present novel challenges to informaticians, healthcare workers, and the lay public. Factors driving this increasing level of data complexity include new methods of diagnosis and therapy, evidence-based practice, safety concerns, and increased consumer demand for personalized services. The development and maintenance of a public dialogue addressing these phenomena must include an assessment of the ethical and legal implications of complex information systems in healthcare.
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