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Not Just Meaningful Data but Coordinated Data!: Can Cloud Computing Promote Down-to-Earth E-Valuation of Disease and Healthcare?

Not Just Meaningful Data but Coordinated Data!: Can Cloud Computing Promote Down-to-Earth E-Valuation of Disease and Healthcare?
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Author(s): Vahé A. Kazandjian (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 16
Source title: Cloud Computing Applications for Quality Health Care Delivery
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Greece & P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece) and Anastasia N. Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6118-9.ch002

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Abstract

The era of data collection about health systems' performance is entering the new phase of timely and simultaneous access to diverse data sources in a systematic and coordinated approach. The concepts of harmonization and the measurement of the continuum of care have laid the ground for the pursuit of collecting, organizing, accessing, and sharing treatment and outcomes results. Service industries, faced with the need for access to multiple data sources, have adopted Information Technologies ranging from localized measurement of performance to regional monitoring of services, and finally into global networking via Cloud Computing. This chapter explores the benefits and challenges of Cloud Computing to the amelioration of medical and healthcare services given the idiosyncrasies of medicine and healthcare. A special focus is given to the extent of readiness healthcare systems manifest to measuring their performance, sharing the findings with patients and communities, and the accountability these systems demonstrate for the promises, implicitly or explicitly, they made about quality and safety of care. The implications of these promises in shaping patient expectations leading to patient and community evaluation of the healthcare services is a central theme running through this chapter.

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