Investigating Legitimacy and Identity for Healthcare Information Systems Research

Matthew Waritay Guah, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Kerstin Fink, Innsbruck University


The notion of ‘Healthcare Information Systems’ as it is commonly used amongst IS academics, may be regarded as an equivalent term for ‘Health Informatics’ by most people outside the IS discipline. At the same time, there have been considerable efforts to establish healthcare reform using IS project as sub-discipline on its own, rather than regard it simply as a part of Healthcare IS. The authors reflect on existing literature for Healthcare IS which has tried to identify a possible ‘core’ or ‘essence’ of the subject. This research-in-progress aims to investigate whether an identity discourse could be interpreted as a strategy for Healthcare IS researchers to achieve cognitive and sociopolitical legitimacy of their discipline.