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Title: How using ANT can assist to understand key issues for successful e-Health solutions.
Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Muhammad, Imran
Other Authors: Zwicker, Manuel
Keywords: Actor-Network Theory
E-Health Solutions
Health Information Technology
Healthcare Delivery
E-Health Initiatives
Chair of Health Information, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Epworth Research Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: IGI Global
Citation: International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation. 2013; 5(3): 47-63
Abstract: Globally in healthcare, the focus is on designing and implementing national e-health solutions in an attempt to address key challenges that are plaguing healthcare delivery. However, despite the initial euphoria and notwithstanding the significant investments made, to date, many of these e-health solutions have yet to prove their success or have been complete failures. This paper presents the findings from an exploratory study that examined e-health initiatives in five countries Australia, China, Germany, UK and US to understand why these e-health solutions have not as yet delivered the promised results. The paper proffers Actor-Network Theory (ANT) as an appropriately rich theoretical lens that can be used to assist in the understanding of key issues for successful e-health solutions.
DOI: 10.4018/jantti.2013070105
ISSN: 1942-535X
Journal Title: International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation (IJANTTI)
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Exploratory Qualitative Design
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