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Information systems in health: what do you need and how will you get it?

Information systems in health: what do you need and how will you get it?

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In this chapter, we acknowledge that information systems in health cannot be addressed under a single disciplinary umbrella, and indeed that the variety of umbrellas that exist exhibit a degree of arbitrariness in terms of the best mix of disciplines to consider and how to combine them. We explore conceptual frameworks to address the information needs of individuals in healthcare systems, and the needs of networks of people if they are to make systems or services function well. We draw these ideas together with some recommendations on critical questions to ask in evaluating systems now, or in specifying systems for the future.

Chapter Contents:

  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Healthcare as a sociotechnical pursuit
  • 1.3 A simple model of what information someone in healthcare needs
  • 1.4 A way of thinking about the role of information in care provision
  • 1.4.1 Process
  • 1.4.2 Information
  • 1.4.3 Quality
  • 1.4.4 Equipment
  • 1.4.5 Data
  • 1.5 Knowledge and process in care delivery
  • 1.6 Conclusion and critical design questions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

Inspec keywords: health care; medical information systems

Other keywords: information systems; healthcare systems

Subjects: Medical administration; Biology and medical computing

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