groupHamish Robertson, Deborah Debono, Nick Nicholas, Reece Hinchcliff, Joanne Travaglia

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The field of health informatics has generally been seen as developing separately from the spatial sciences. Geography, cartography, surveying and a variety of applied disciplines make enormous use of spatial technologies, concepts and methods in their work.These technologies are increasingly pervasive and central to our emerging ‘big data’ environment in which locational data quality and accuracy are central. Health informatics is also a field now going beyond the traditional hospital environment, especially as factors such as population ageing and rising chronic disease require outreach programs of various kinds and growing sophistication. In this scenario, we suggest that health information technology (HIT) and the spatial sciences are converging at a rapid rate such that health informatics will become increasingly spatial in character and function.


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