Using actor network theory to understand network centric healthcare operations.

Wickramasinghe, Nilmini, Bali, RK and Tatnall, A 2007, Using actor network theory to understand network centric healthcare operations., International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 317-328, doi: 10.1504/IJEH.2007.014551.

Title Using actor network theory to understand network centric healthcare operations.
Author(s) Wickramasinghe, NilminiORCID iD for Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Bali, RK
Tatnall, A
Journal name International Journal of Electronic Healthcare
Volume number 3
Issue number 3
Start page 317
End page 328
Total pages 12
Publisher Inderscience
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1741-8453
Keyword(s) Computer Communication Networks
Delivery of Health Care
Delivery of Health Care, Integrated
Health Services Administration
Medical Records Systems, Computerized
Models, Organizational
Summary The adoption and diffusion of e-health and the application of ICT in healthcare is being heralded as the panacea with both European and US governments making e-health a priority on their agendas. In this context, a model of networkcentric healthcare operations has been proffered as the best way to maximise the benefits of ICT use in healthcare. We suggest that, before we can move forward and realise such a state, it is vital to examine the critical issues, likely barriers and facilitators and, most importantly, the critical success factors. To do this however, we need an appropriate cognitive lens through which we can capture all the complexities of healthcare dynamics. In this paper we suggest why Actor Network Theory (ANT) should be this lens.
Language eng
DOI 10.1504/IJEH.2007.014551
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
0807 Library And Information Studies
HERDC Research category CN.1 Other journal article
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