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Title: The chaotic nature of healthcare information systems: The need for transdisciplinary collaboration
Authors: Ezz, I
Paul, R
Keywords: Healthcare information systems;Chaotic systems;Transdisciplinarity;Systems development
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: Proceedings of the European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS) Accepted Refereed Papers, 2013, 17-18 October, Windsor, United Kingdom
Abstract: This paper demonstrates one of the challenges of the healthcare information systems development, namely the chaotic nature of healthcare systems. Although the reliable evidence demonstrating the positive effects of health information systems on safety and quality remains inconclusive (a growing body of research revealing the unintended consequences and potentially error producing effects of health information systems’ implementation. Different arguments from the literature concerning the chaotic nature of healthcare, including but not limited to the nature of patients and disease have been presented. The requirements of new ways of systems design and the need for transdisciplinary dynamic teams within the requirements engineering phase as a start has been discussed. These arguments have been investigated in the context of an exploratory case addressing one of the advanced oncology centres in the US. This paper concludes that there is an important need to rethink healthcare information systems development method, which has to be in a dynamic ongoing manner for some major issues.
Description: Copyright @ 2013 EMCIS.
ISBN: 978-1-908549-11-2
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