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Informatics, Globalization and 21st Century Healthcare

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science – Department of Informatics at University of California in Irvine (2012) defines informatics as an interdisciplinary study based on the recognition that design technology is not solely a technical matter, but also includes the relationship between the technology and its use in real-world settings. Newbold (2001) defines nursing informatics as a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information and knowledge in nursing practice. This new area of nursing facilitates the integration of data, information and knowledge to support patients, nurses and other providers in their decision-making in all roles and settings. The growth of globalization has become more widespread in the past two decades due to the unprecedented advancements in science, communication and information technology or also known as informatics. Mr. Nayan Chanda describes globalization as a phenomenon of "growing interconnectedness and interdependence throughout the world” (Grimes, 2007). It also serves as a catalyst for human progress and process challenges. A more obvious example of healthcare globalization is medical tourism. Many Americans travel to various countries like Thailand, India and Philippines, to name a few, to have procedures done at a much cheaper price. To make up for decreasing revenue, many established US hospitals and clinics build “sister” facilities across the globe to “meet global patients halfway” (Ellis & Shanley, 2008). MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas has its share of healthcare globalization practice. It has built a cancer hospital in Madrid Spain, partnered up with a hospital in Brazil, Middle East and China. Danna Stone, RN, BSN, MBA is MD Anderson’s Diagnostic Imaging Department’s Associate Director. She is responsible for ensuring that MD Anderson is...
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