ICT and information infrastructures (electronic patient records, telemedicine, laboratory systems, patient trajectories, etc.) are a traditional target of innovation initiatives in the healthcare sector. Over time healthcare infrastructure have had a significant effect on clinical practices, cooperation, vertical and horizontal integration and among healthcare professionals. In the last years, though, there is an emerging pressure to allow patients to access clinical infrastructures.
This is due increasing involvement of patients in their own care and the growing availability of consumer health applications and tools that are redefining patients into “health information prosumers” (producer-consumer) and thus changing the locus of production of health information. Both “patient-centered infrastructures” and “patient-accessible clinical infrastructures” offer opportunities and pose challenges to the healthcare systems becoming arenas of confrontation, conflict and cooperation for all the actors involved in the care process. We wish to bring international researchers, healthcare professionals, IT professionals, administrators, and IT enterprises together to discuss these issues. “Infrastructures for Healthcare” is a biennial workshop.
The previous editions were held in different universities in Copenhagen, Denmark (2007, 2009, 2011) and in the University of Tromsø, Norway (2013). The fifth edition will take place in Trento, Italy. The workshop will be hosted by Fondazione Bruno Kessler and co-organized with Arctic University of Norway and University of Trento.
[Edit March 2016] A report of the workshop is available at the Journal of Participatory Medicine