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Networkcentric Healthcare: Strategies, Structures and Technologies for Managing Knowledge

Networkcentric Healthcare: Strategies, Structures and Technologies for Managing Knowledge
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Author(s): Dag von Lubitz (Central Michigan University, USA) and Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 6
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch002
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

The proliferation of IC2T (information computer and communication technologies ) throughout the business environment has lead to exponentially increasing amounts of data and information generation. Although these technologies were implemented to enhance and facilitate superior decision making what we see is information chaos and information overload; the productivity paradox [1-4]. Knowledge management is a recent management technique designed to make sense of this information chaos by applying strategies, structures and techniques to apparently unrelated and seemingly, what appears at times irrelevant data elements and pieces of information so that germane knowledge can be extracted[5-6]. The latter then serve in support of decision making, effective and efficient operations as well as enable an organisation to reach a state of information superiority. Critical to knowledge management is the application of IC2T [ibid]. However it is the configuration of these technologies that is important to support the techniques of knowledge management. This paper discusses how effective and efficient healthcare operations can ensue through the adoption of a networkcentric healthcare perspective that is grounded in the process oriented knowledge generation framework of Boyd and enabled through WHIG (world healthcare information grid) a totally integrated set of sophisticated IC2T[7-9].

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