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Healthcare informatics has drawn substantial attention in recent years. Current work on healthcare informatics is highly interdisciplinary involving methodologies from computing, engineering, information science, behavior science, management...
Modeling Throughput of Emergency Departments via Time Series: An Expectation Maximization Algorithm
Zidong Wang, Julie Eatock, Sally McClean, Dongmei Liu, Xiaohui Liu, Terry Young
Article No.: 16
In this article, the expectation maximization (EM) algorithm is applied for modeling the throughput of emergency departments via available time-series data. The dynamics of emergency department throughput is developed and evaluated, for the first...
In electronic medical record (EMR) systems, administrators often provide EMR users with broad access privileges, which may leave the system vulnerable to misuse and abuse. Given that patient care is based on a coordinated workflow, we hypothesize...
Embodying Care in Matilda: An Affective Communication Robot for Emotional Wellbeing of Older People in Australian Residential Care Facilities
Rajiv Khosla, Mei-Tai Chu
Article No.: 18
Ageing population is at the center of the looming healthcare crisis in most parts of the developed and developing world. Australia, like most of the western world, is bracing up for the looming ageing population crisis, spiraling healthcare costs,...
I Can Help You Change! An Empathic Virtual Agent Delivers Behavior Change Health Interventions
Christine Lisetti, Reza Amini, Ugan Yasavur, Naphtali Rishe
Article No.: 19
We discuss our approach to developing a novel modality for the computer-delivery of Brief Motivational Interventions (BMIs) for behavior change in the form of a personalized On-Demand VIrtual Counselor (ODVIC), accessed over the internet. ODVIC is...
Business Benefits or Incentive Maximization? Impacts of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program at Acute Care Hospitals
Rajesh Mirani, Anju Harpalani
Article No.: 20
This study investigates the influence of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program on EHR adoption at acute care hospitals and the impact of EHR adoption on operational and financial efficiency/effectiveness. It finds that even before joining the...