Rethinking health planning: a framework for organising information to underpin collaborative health planning

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Title Rethinking health planning: a framework for organising information to underpin collaborative health planning
Author Gudes, Ori; Kendall, Elizabeth; Yigitcanlar, Tan; Pathak, Virendra; Baum, Scott
Journal Name Health Information Management Journal
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Health Information Management Association of Australia
Abstract The field of collaborative health planning faces signifi cant challenges created by the narrow focus of the available information, the absence of a framework to organise that information and the lack of systems to make information accessible and guide decision-making. These challenges have been magnified by the rise of the 'healthy communities movement', resulting in more frequent calls for localised, collaborative and evidence-driven health related decision-making. This paper discusses the role of decision support systems as a mechanism to facilitate collaborative health decision-making. The paper presents a potential information management framework to underpin a health decision support system and describes the participatory process that is currently being used to create an online tool for health planners using geographic information systems. The need for a comprehensive information management framework to guide the process of planning for healthy communities has been emphasised. The paper also underlines the critical importance of the proposed framework not only in forcing planners to engage with the entire range of health determinants, but also in providing sufficient flexibility to allow exploration of the local setting-based determinants of health.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Health Information Management Association of Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 39
Issue Number 2
Page from 18
Page to 29
ISSN 1833-3583
Date Accessioned 2010-11-25
Language en_AU
Research Centre Population and Social Health Research Program; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Community Planning
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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