Health Information Economy: Literature Review

Kamal Ebrahimi, Masoud Roudbari, Farahnaz Sadoughi

Abstract


INTRODUCTION: Health Information Economy (HIE) is one of the broader, more complex, and challenging and yet important topics in the field of health science that requires the identification of its dimensions for planning and policy making. The aim of this study was to determine HIE concept dimensions.

METHODS: This paper presents a systematic methodology for analyzing the trends of HIE. For this purpose, the main keywords of this area were identified and searched in the databases and from among 4775 retrieved sources, 12 sources were studied in the field of HIE.

RESULTS: Information Economy (IE) in the world has passed behind four paradigms that involve the information evaluation perspective, the information technology perspective, the asymmetric information perspective and information value perspective. In this research, the fourth perspective in the HIE was analyzed. The main findings of this research were categorized in three major groups, including the flow of information process in the field of health (production. collection, processing and dissemination), and information applications in the same field (education, research, health industry, policy, legislation, and decision-making) and the underlying fields.

CONCLUSION: According to the findings, HIE has already developed a theoretical and conceptual gap that due to its importance in the next decade would be one of the research approaches to health science.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/gjhs.v7n6p250

Global Journal of Health Science   ISSN 1916-9736(Print)   ISSN 1916-9744(Online)

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