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Title: A framework for assessing e-health preparedness.
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Other Authors: Fadlalla, Adam
Geisler, E.
Schaffer, Jonathan
Keywords: E-health
Delivery of Healthcare
Evidence-Based Medicine
Electronic Healthcare
Healthcare Infrastructure
E-Health Preparedness
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Citation: Int J Electron Healthc. 2005;1(3):316-34
Abstract: Whilst healthcare is the biggest service industry on the globe, it has yet to realise the full potential of the e-business revolution in the form of e-health. This is due to many reasons including the fact that the healthcare industry is faced with many complex challenges in trying to deliver cost-effective, high-value, accessible healthcare and has traditionally been slow to embrace new business techniques and technologies. Given that e-health, to a great extent, is a macro level concern that has far reaching micro level implications, this paper firstly develops a framework to assess a country's preparedness with respect to embracing e-health (the application of e-commerce to healthcare) and from this an e-health preparedness grid to facilitate the assessment of any e-health initiative. Taken together, the integrative framework and preparedness grid provide useful and necessary tools to enable successful e-health initiatives to ensue by helping country and/or an organisation within a country to identify and thus address areas that require further attention in order for it to undertake a successful e-health initiative.
DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2005.006478
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ISSN: 1741-8461
Journal Title: International Journal of Electronic Healthcare
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA.
Illinois Institute of Technology, 565 W Adams Street, M/C 294, Chicago, IL 60607, USA.
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