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Title: The need for rich theory to realise the vision of healthcare network centric operations: the case for combining ANT and social network analysis. Actor-Network Theory and Technology Innovation: Advancements and New Concepts
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Editors: Tatnall, Arthur
Other Authors: Bali, Rajeev
Keywords: Healthcare Information Systems
Network Centric Approach
Healthcare Delivery
Social Network Analysis
Actor Network Theory
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Publisher: IGI , Hershey
Citation: chapter 3, pp. 41-51
Abstract: In a dynamic and complex global environment traditional approaches to healthcare delivery are becoming more and more inadequate. To address this von Lubitz and Wickramasinghe (2006) proffered the need for a networkcentric approach that allows free and rapid sharing of information and effective knowledge building required for the development of coherent objectives and their rapid attainment. However, to realize this vision it is essential to have rich theory and robust approaches to analyse the levels of complexity of modern healthcare delivery. This paper discusses how this might be done by drawing upon the strong rich analysis tools and techniques of Social Network Analysis combined with Actor Network Theory.
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-197-3.ch003
ISBN: 9781609601973
Type: Chapter
Affiliated Organisations: School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Coventry University, UK
Appears in Collections:Health Informatics

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