Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics

Innovation in Health Informatics (formerly Informatics in Primary Care) is the house journal of BCS Health, the health informatics specialist group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It publishes high-quality research papers, literature reviews and letters from both researchers and practitioners in the fields of social care, health and clinical informatics. Its focus is on informatics research from the front lines of health care and how informatics can support innovation in health and health care.

We look to publish articles about how computers and information technology can be incorporated into clinical workflow and be used to measure quality and health outcomes.  We are interested in how computerised medical records can better record the clinical status of patients and can be used to measure the quality, safety and efficiency of health care professionals and organisations – including primary care, hospital, mental health, and social and community care.  The scope of the journal also includes integrated care and how genetic data might be used to enhance health care. Both qualitative and quantitative research will be considered.

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We have a new name!


After 20 years as Informatics in Primary Care, the journal is renamed Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics.

Informatics is an innovative science, and informaticians need to innovate across professional and discipline boundaries. The title was carefully selected to reflect that

(1) informatics provides the opportunity to innovate rather than simply automates;

(2) implementing informatics solutions often results in unintended consequences, and many implementations fail and benefits and innovations may go unrecognised;

(3) health informatics is a boundary spanning discipline and is by its very nature likely to give rise to innovation.

You can read more about the name change in "Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics: building on the 20-year history of a BCS peer review journal" (Vol 22, 1).


Posted: 2015-02-10
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Vol 22, No 1

Table of Contents

Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics: building on the 20-year history of a BCS Health peer review journal HTML PDF
Simon de Lusignan
In this issue: Unleashing the power of e-Health requires the development of an evidence base for interventions that improve care HTML PDF
Simon de Lusignan

Leading article

Exploiting the information revolution: call for independent evaluation of the latest English national experiment HTML PDF
Philip Scott 244-249
Minimally disruptive medicine is needed for patients with multimorbidity: time to develop computerised medical record systems to meet this requirement HTML PDF
Peter Schattner, Fiona Barker, Simon de Lusignan 250-254

Research article

Using information to deliver safer care: a mixed-methods study exploring general practitioners’ information needs in North West London primary care HTML PDF
Nikolaos Mastellos, Josip Car, Azeem Majeed, Paul Aylin 207-213
Characteristics of electronic patient-provider messaging system utilisation in an urban health care organisation HTML PDF
Sean Patrick Mikles, Thelma J Mielenz 214-221
Using the Internet as a source of information and support: a discussion paper on the risks and benefits for children and young people with long-term conditions HTML PDF
Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor 222-226
A simple clinical coding strategy to improve recording of child maltreatment concerns: an audit study HTML PDF
Andrew Peter McGovern, Jenny Woodman, Janice Allister, Jeremy van Vlymen, Harshana Liyanage, Simon Jones, Imran Rafi, Simon de Lusignan, Ruth Gilbert 227-234
Examining the symptom of fatigue in primary care: a comparative study using electronic medical records HTML PDF
Kathryn Nicholson, Moira Stewart, Amardeep Thind 235-243

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Online ISSN 2058-4563 - Print ISSN 2058-4555. Published by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT