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Title: Using object oriented technologies to build collaborative applications in healthcare and medical information systems.
Book Title: Health Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Editors: Rodrigues, J.
Other Authors: Dwivedi, Ashish
Bali, R.
Naguib, R.
Keywords: Healthcare Information Systems
Community Healthcare Integrated Networks
Object Oriented Technology
Workflow Management Systems
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: Hershey, PA: Medical Information Science Reference
Citation: chapter 55, pp. 889-902
Abstract: The adoption and diffusion of e-health and the application of IT in healthcare is increasing at a rapid rate. Both European and U.S. governments are making e-health a priority on their agendas. The technical infrastructure required to support initiatives such as community healthcare integrated networks (CHINs) and telemedicine efforts is often dependent upon connecting different types of computer networks, each running on different types of technologies so as to present to the user the image of a single virtual electronic health highway. It is generally agreed that current software development technology cannot deliver this due to limitations of restricted scalability, fragmented management, and inflexibility in providing business support. One of the potential solutions may be the use of Object Oriented (OO) technology. This article explores the feasibility of combining OO technologies with healthcare based workflow management systems (WFMS). We introduce the concept of workflow technologies and discuss the main advantages and limitations of WFMS. We detail the circumstances in which the use of WFMS could be considered and the technological factors necessary for its successful implementation.
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch055
ISBN: 9781605669885
Type: Chapter
Affiliated Organisations: School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
University of Hull, UK
BIOCORE, Coventry University, UK
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
BIOCORE, Coventry University, UK
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