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AJIS: PHIS 2016 : AJIS: Participatory Health Information Systems: Theory and Applications


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Submission Deadline Apr 8, 2016
Notification Due Jul 1, 2016
Final Version Due Sep 1, 2016
Categories    information systems   participatory care   health informatics   data science

Call For Papers

Special Section in the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (AJIS)



The growing acceptance of participatory medicine as an integral part of healthcare worldwide has led to the development of a new class of information systems. Participatory health information systems (PHIS) are being gradually positioned as enabling platforms for the network of support that fosters patient-centred care. This network of support consists of healthcare institutes, healthcare professionals, caregivers, family members and third party organisations. Patients, subject to their medical conditions, are also key stakeholders in this network.

PHIS enable all stakeholders to communicate, collaborate and contribute towards the patient’s wellbeing. Thereby, leading to improved health outcomes, time and cost savings and an evolving body of knowledge and experiences. Improved health outcomes, time and cost savings stimulate immediate benefits in a healthcare system whereas the development of a body of knowledge not only improves quality of the PHIS but also creates a compounding effect on research in the related disciplines of clinical science and translational research. Recent advances in big data analytics is a key driver towards achieving the latter. Besides stakeholder engagement, advances in wearable technology and remote monitoring, both which feed back into PHIS, further strengthen its role as an enabling platform. PHIS are a crucial element of participatory medicine given its multifaceted disposition which also raises many challenges. Taking into consideration that participatory information systems have proven to lead to higher user adoption and better practice outcomes, this special issue is seeking studies which explore challenges of PHIS through basic and applied research.


The objectives of this special issue are:
* To publish basic research on participatory factors, such as stakeholder engagement, role of data analytics and implications of adoption of pervasive devices including wearable technology on more inclusive patient-centred healthcare systems;
* To publish applied research on the design, operation, use and progression of participatory health information systems.
* To explore supporting topics such as policy, governance, privacy, rights and security relevant to PHIS.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,
* Fundamental research on the role and types of participation in healthcare IS.
* Application of information systems theories in PHIS.
* Case studies of real-world applications of PHIS.
* Systematic literature reviews from an information systems perspective.


* Daswin de Silva, La Trobe University, Australia
* Frada Burstein, Monash University, Australia
* Doug Vogel, Harbin Institute of Technology, China


Deadline for paper submission 8 April 2016
Notification of acceptance 1 July 2016
Special issue publication September 2016


For guidelines on submission to this special issue, visit

Before making a submission, authors who do not have an account on the AJIS submission portal should first register an account by following this link

To submit your paper, log in as an author using your AJIS account and “Start a New Submission”. Under the Publication Section, select “Research on Business Analytics Applications” to begin.


Should you have any questions about this special issue, please email Daswin,

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