HIMJ has recently published one On-line First article. A brief summary is provided below…
Research article An equitable approach to enhancing the privacy of consumer information on My Health Record in Australia
Zachary Hollo, Dominique E Martin
June 16, 2021 | OnlineFirst
The authors discuss Australia’s national electronic health record (EHR), My Health Record (MHR), raising concerns about information privacy and the presumption of consent to participation. In contrast to the “opt-out” framework for participation, consumers must “opt-in” to obtain additional privacy features to protect their health information on MHR. They review ethical considerations relating to opt-in and opt-out frameworks in the context of EHRs, discussing potential reasons why consent for additional safeguards is not currently presumed. Exploring the implications of recent amendments to strengthen consumer privacy, they present recommendations to promote equity in health information security for all Australians using MHR.
Update to HIMJ’s Impact Factor …
A journal’s impact factor (IF) is used as a proxy measure of the ‘importance’, ‘reach’ or standing of a journal.1 It is a measure, calculated on the number of times a journal’s articles are cited in other publications, in a given year.
A journal must be indexed in Web of Science to have an impact factor, meaning it meets 28 “quality criteria” which measure its scholarly content and publication process. That HIMJ has an impact factor, and that it is improving over time, reflects positively on the HIMAA and its members.
In most fields, an impact factor of 10 or greater is considered an excellent score, while 3 is regarded as good, and the average score is less than 1.2
The latest Journal Citation Reports released at the end of June, report HIMJ’s impact factor as 3.185.
Whilst the increase in the Impact Factor is great news and partially reflects the hard work of the Editorial Board in making improvements to the HIMJ, we note that Clarivate has changed the way it calculates the IF this year with further changes to be phased in over the next few years.
This year, Clarivate introduced Early Access content in Journal Citation Reports to reflect more accurately the dynamic citation environment of rapid online publication. What this means is that for journals with high volumes of online, ahead-of-print articles, there has been an inflation in the Impact Factors for 2020. HIMJ is one of these journals. We expect that the changes will regularise with the publication of the 2021 and 2022 Impact Factors.