Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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MORAES, Ilara Hämmerli Sozzi de and GOMEZ, Maria Nélida González de. Information and information technology in health: contemporary health kaleidoscope. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.3, pp.553-565. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232007000300002.
This essay is based on the assumption that current practices and knowledge of Information and Information Technology in Health are unable to deal with the complexity of the health/disease/care processes and contemporary problems that must be overcome, curbing the expansion of the response capacity of the Brazilian State. It aims to further explore the understanding of the roots and determining factors behind these constraints, analyzing alternatives for confronting them that depend less on location-specific initiatives in the field of information and more - among others - on the adoption of new benchmarks, starting with the meaning and concept of Health. It identifies the existence of an 'information and information technology interfield' that arises from an epistemology based on a transdisciplinary approach, as well as the consolidation of a political and historical process of institutional construction, an area endowed with power and relevance: a political-epistemological interfield. The analysis goes on through an exploratory study of the social, political and epistemological processes found in the historical construction health information networks established by Science and Technology in health, as well as by healthcare systems and services, in addition to social, political and economic information.
Keywords : Information in health; Information technology in health; Health policy; Decision-taking process; Epistemology.