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Title: Assessing e-health. E-Health Systems Diffusion and Use: The Innovation, the User and the Use IT Model
Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Editors: Spil, Ton
Schuring, R.W.
Other Authors: Geisler, Elie
Schaffer, Jonathan
Keywords: E-Health
Healthcare Delivery
Healthcare Services
Health Information
E-Health Initiatives
Healthcare Systems
Information Technology
Health Information Technology
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: IGI Global
Abstract: While healthcare is the biggest service industry on the globe, it has yet to realize 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 chapter first develops a framework to assess a country’s preparedness with respect to embracing e-health (i.e., 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 organization 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: 10.4018/978-1-59140-423-1.ch017
ISBN: 9781591404231
Type: Chapter
Affiliated Organisations: Health Informatics
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
The Cleveland Clinic, USA
Appears in Collections:Health Informatics

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