eJHI releases 8th issue online

The electronic Journal of Health Informatics (eJHI) has just published its latest issue, Volume 5, Number 2 (2010), which is available on its website.

In a statement accompanying the release of the 8th issue, Dr Sebastian Garde, Managing Editor remarked that this "is the first issue to only include 'normal' papers that were unsolicited and not part of a Special Issue", however in the introduction to this issue, Dr Garde, confirms that the eJHI will continue to publish special issues on topics of interest in Health Informatics that are edited by guest editors.

Since its inaugural issue in 2006, the eJHI has published papers around special interest topics in health informatics, including systems interoperability, data mining, aged care informatics and privacy and security.

The contents of the latest issue cover a range of health informatics topics that would be of interest to many readers and include the following papers: "Human Interface Considerations for Ambient Assisted Living Systems" (J. Soar, J. Symmonds), "Miscoding Rates For Professional Anesthesia Billing: Trial Results – Software Solution" (R.A. Henderson, K.C. Nielsen, S.M. Klein, R. Pietrobon),"Computer Skills and the Training of Medical Students in a Ghanaian Medical School" (E. K. Achampong, K.K.A. Pereko), "An Evaluation of Patient Usage of Computers to Manage Information Relevant to Diabetes Care" (M. G. Hill), "The Fusion of Clinical Guidelines with Technology: Trends & Challenges" (C.E. MacDougall, C. McGregor, J. Percival), "Pathology Results in the Electronic Health Record" (J.F. Hamblin, P.T. Bwititi, H.T. Moriarty) and "An examination of the Components that Increase Acceptance of Smartphones among Healthcare Professionals" (J. Chen, Y. Park, G. Putzer).

An official flyer available from the eHJI website provides a good overview of the scope, objectives, editorial Board and other relevant information of the eJHI including a brief statement of what it is - "an international journal committed to scholarly excellence and dedicated to the advancement of Health Informatics and information technology in healthcare. It is a journal for all health professions and informaticians of all levels".

The eJHI is an "open access" journal - providing open access to both authors (i.e. no publication fee or page charges) and readers (i.e. free access to all papers). In a statement provided by Professor Evelyn Hovenga, Chief Editor said that the eJHI "can be regarded as truly international", with papers received from authors from many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, U.K., U.S., Sweden. Japan, Germany, Greece, India and Indonesia. Prof. Hovenga remarked on the high editorial standard of the journal, stating that "all eJHI papers are peer-reviewed by independent experts with an average acceptance rate after one or more review rounds of around 50%".

The eJHI is the official journal of the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) and the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).

More information on the eJHI is available from the website.

Paul Clarke

Posted in Australian eHealth

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