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Currently celebrating its 25th year, the Information Technology in Healthcare track at HICSS continues to evolve and expand while staying true to our founding mission: To serve as a forum at which healthcare, computer science, and information systems professionals can come together to discuss issues related to the application of information technology in healthcare.

The cross-disciplinary nature of the track is clearly evident in the set of minitracks and in the papers within the minitracks. This year’s 13 minitracks represent 11 returning from last year, a few with minor name changes, and two new minitracks, noted with an “*” below.

  • Data Platforms and Ecosytems in Healthcare*
  • Decision Support of Healthcare Processes and Services
  • Digital Innovations for the Aging Society
  • Health Behavior Change Support Systems
  • IT Adoption, Diffusion and Evaluation in Healthcare
  • IT Architectures and Implementations in Healthcare Environments
  • Leveraging IT, AI and Data Science for Healthcare Beyond the Hospital: Learning from Scientific, Operational, and Business Perspectives*
  • Personal and Population Health Technologies in Disease Surveillance
  • Personal Health and Wellness Management with Technologies
  • Process Mining in Healthcare
  • Security and Privacy Challenges for Healthcare
  • Self-Management of Chronic Diseases and Conditions
  • Social Media and Healthcare Technology

The minitrack coordinators provide brief summaries of their minitracks and overviews of the papers in their sessions.

As evidenced by the names of the minitracks, the track covers a very diverse set of IT and health management related issues. We see foci on organizational issues, such as adoption and diffusion of technology, IT architectures, security, and healthcare processes; on personal health and social media, including health behavioral change and self-managed care; and on specific technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality and data analytics. The largest minitracks continue to be those on decision support, IT adoption and diffusion, personal health, and social media.

The 60 papers across the minitracks address a wide range of clinical, managerial, technical issues, social, and policy issues, and report on studies from around the world. Health issues addressed include COVID, mental health issues, alcohol abuse, sleep disorders, HIV, tuberculosis, and cancer. Technologies investigated include mobile devices, machine learning, augmented reality, and social media.

Sample paper titles include “Fitness Technology and Exercise Engagement: How Technology Affordances Facilitate Fitness Goal Attainment,” “Reconsidering Bipolar Scales Data As Compositional Data Improves Psychometric Healthcare Data Analytics,” “Understanding the Role of Expert Intuition in Medical Image Annotation: A Cognitive Task Analysis Approach,” “Towards Device Agnostic Detection of Stress and Craving in Patients with Substance Use Disorder,” “Augmented Reality Technology to Facilitate Proficiency in Emergency Medical Procedures,” “Semantic Computational Models for Polypharmacology: Applications in Drug Repurposing,” and “From Insights to INTEL: Evaluating Process Mining Insights with Healthcare Professionals.”

Despite the diversity of topics and countries represented in this track, all of the papers have a common focus: How can information technologies be use to improve the quality of care, the efficiency of the delivery of healthcare, and improve the overall health and wellness of individuals and populations?

We wish to thank all of the people who have worked so diligently to develop this track, including our many paper reviewers; we appreciate the time and effort the minitrack coordinators; the high-quality collection of papers in the track is the fruit of their efforts. We look forward to the further development of this track. We welcome, and strongly solicit, your participation in this track at future HICSS conferences. Please contact us with your ideas for new minitracks or papers. We hope you find the proceedings useful and enjoyable.

William G. Chismar
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Rochelle K. Rosen
Brown University