Biomedical Information Technology: Global Social Responsibilities for the Democratic Age

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Biomedical Information Technology is a distinct volume in the Library and Information Science Series. It is an introductory primer on how to integrate managerial information systems design in health care information systems. The volume presents a clear managerial approach in a manner that may easily be applied and reproduced, making the book a valuable source for professionals in the health care industries. Sackman tracks the scientific, biosocial and ethical evolution of information technology in the global context and sketches the formidable advances in biomedical information technology including applications in medical imaging, real time intensive care units, information systems for enhancing the productivity and quality of life for disabled populations, and powerful scientific advances in deciphering and understanding the human genetic code. The high rate of illness associated with computer workstations is also probed, discussing probable causes and collusions within government and business organizations. The rationale and methods are authoritative and well-organized. With a focus on global opportunities and threats, this volume makes an excellent text for upper-division undergraduate or graduate courses in library sciences.

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* Presents the material in a clear and concise manner so that it may be easily replicated
* Highlights key findings and controversies in the large and emerging field of occupational hazards at computer workstations
* Examines key advances in biomedical information technology

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Harold Sackman is a Professor of Information Systems in the School of Business at California State University, Los Angeles. He has published 20 books concerned with computers and society, mass computer communication utilities, person-computer problem solving, large-scale systems test and evaluation, biomedical information technology, and planning and policy studies. Dr. Sackman was the principal investigator in developing a prototype International Code of Ethics for the International Federation of Information Processing, with participation from 60 nations. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Sackman was a Senior Scientist at Rand Corporation, where he engaged in research on planning and policy studies, telecommunications, and person-computer problem solving. He chaired the Committee on Social Implications of Computers for the American Federation of Information Processing Societies from 1970 to 1975. Dr. Sackman's biographical profile has recently been listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

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