Design Principles for Achieving Integrated Healthcare Information Systems

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    Abstract

    Achieving integrated healthcare information systems has become a common goal for many countries in their pursuit of obtaining coordinated and comprehensive healthcare services. This article focuses on how a small local project termed ‘Standardized pull of patient data’ expanded and is now used on a large scale providing a majority of hospitals, general practitioners and citizens across Denmark with the possibility of accessing healthcare data from different electronic patient record systems and other systems. I build on design theory for information infrastructures, as presented by Hanseth and Lyytinen, to examine the design principles that facilitated this smallscale project to expand and become widespread. As a result of my findings, I outline three lessons learned that emphasize: (i) principles of flexibility, (ii) expansion from the installed base through modular strategies and (iii) identification of key healthcare actors to provide them with immediate benefits.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftHealth Informatics Journal
    Vol/bind19
    Udgave nummer1
    Sider (fra-til)29-45
    ISSN1460-4582
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2013

    Emneord

    • Design principles
    • Electronic patient record (EPR) systems
    • Integrated healthcare information systems
    • Standardized pull of data

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