Vol. 6 No. 3 (2015)

E-Health spread and the consequences for digital archives from the standpoint of a custodian

Alessandro Alfier
Polo archivistico della Regione Emilia-Romagna (ParER)

Published 2015-09-15


  • Archivi digitali,
  • Conservazione digitale,
  • Documentazione sanitaria digitale,
  • Metadati

How to Cite

Alfier, Alessandro. 2015. “E-Health Spread and the Consequences for Digital Archives from the Standpoint of a Custodian”. JLIS.It 6 (3):121-52. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-11263.


The paper explains the standpoint of a regional public custodian, the "Polo archivistico dell’Emilia-Romagna" (ParER), engaged in the long-term preservation of electronic medical records. This perspective points out that this documentary domain, which is characterized by a mature use of information technology that goes under the name of e-Health, represents a broad front of challenges and issues. The analysis focuses on the various aspects of the dynamism that distinguishes the steps of creation, handling, maintenance of electronic medical records, in contrast with the stability that is peculiar of the long-term preservation. The analysis highlights that the electronic medical records renew the traditional relationship among context, metadata, documentary form. But above all it is worthy of note that electronic medical records urge the "Polo archivistico" to adopt a custodial perspective not inward-looking, but that is able to give preserved digital archives back their nature of "social construction".


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