Organizing institutions: Aarhus University and Fondazione Bruno Kessler
ICT and information infrastructures (electronic patient records, telemedicine, laboratory systems, etc) are regarded as having a strategic role in dealing with complex issues in healthcare, for supporting clinical personnel in their daily work as well as for providing decision support, improving efficiency and workflow across institutional, departmental and professional boundaries.
Visions and hopes for digitization of healthcare have been launched since the early 1960, but only during the last decade have these materialized beyond stand-alone systems as infrastructures connecting professions, units and domains. The sheer complexity of this high-reliability, high-risk domain has proven challenging, and many experiments and pilot test have been necessary.
Today, healthcare staff and managers as well as administrators look forward to reap the fruits of the long-term investment into developing healthcare infrastructures: The use of healthcare data to improve governance, service quality and efficiency is increasingly at the center of attention.
We wish to bring international researchers, healthcare professionals, IT professionals, administrators, and IT enterprises together to discuss these issues (See Call for Participation). We particularly invite contributions that are methodologically based on ethnographic/case/field studies.
“Infrastructures for Healthcare” is a biennial workshop. Previous workshops were held in different universities in Copenhagen, Denmark (2007, 2009, and 2011), the Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø), Norway (2013), and Fondazione Bruno Kessler and University of Trento, Italy (2015). The sixth edition will take place in Aarhus, Denmark. The workshop will be co-organized with Aarhus University and Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy.
Workshop papers will be published in the EUSSET digital library (www.eusset.eu). Selected papers from the workshop will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of the International Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work.
Aarhus is a city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. From here, beach, harbour and forest are all within reach of a 15-minute bike ride. 315.000 people live in Aarhus and 1,2 million people live in the greater Aarhus Area. It is one of the oldest cities in Scandinavia, but today one of the youngest due to the averange age of the inhabitants.
Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture in 2017 (See Aarhus2017).
Today Aarhus is known as an innovative city that is characterized as a student city with a rich history which already begun when the Vikings founded the city primarily due to its advantageous location.
Aarhus has a large university with approx. 43,000 students (See Aarhus University) a thriving IT industry; several large hospitals (with fully implemented, comprehensive EHRs), a large museum for modern art (See Aros Museum), a cathedral from 1187, and much more.