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Managing IT Development Collaboration

Managing IT Development Collaboration
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Author(s): Teemu Paavola (LifeIT Plc and Seinäjoki Central Hospital, Finland)and Kari Mäkelä (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 1
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch317
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Ten hospital districts in Finland have joined forces in the ‘Proxit’ project to develop common health care IT solutions. The participating organisations include half the national health districts that cater for the health care needs of roughly a third of the national population. Previous attempts at national health care IT development have resulted in a large number of independent, relatively small IT projects. These individual approaches were later replaced by a single regional IT effort in 1998-2002 - the ‘MacroPilot’ project in Pori region. This project attempted to create a unified information solution for regional needs covering most levels and organizations of health care (1). The MacroPilot project suffered the same fate as similar attempts in many countries previously: due to unrealistically large expectations and limited resources, the project did not meet its goals. Subsequently the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health resumed funding of regional or municipal health care IT projects, but in contrast to the strategy of the mid 1990’s, large development projects were favoured. This emphasis on larger, joint ventures culminated in the Proxit project described in this report.

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