Towards Sustainability of Health Information Systems: How Can We Define, Measure and Achieve it?
2007 (English)In: MEDINFO 2007: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 12TH WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTH (MEDICAL) INFORMATICS, PTS 1 AND 2 / [ed] Kuhn, KA; Warren, JR; Leong, TY, IOS Press, 2007, 1179-1183 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Health information systems (HIS) in their current form are rarely sustainable. In order to sustain our health information systems and with it our health systems, we need to focus on defining and maintaining sustainable Health Information System building blocks or components. These components need to be easily updatable when clinical knowledge (or anything else) changes, easily adaptable when business requirements or processes change, and easily exchangeable when technology advances. One major prerequisite for this is that we need to be able to define and measure sustainability, so that it can become one of the major business drivers in HIS development. Therefore, this paper analyses general definitions and indicators for sustainability, and analyses their applicability to HIS. We find that general 'Emergy analysis' is one possibility to measure sustainability for HIS. Based on this, we investigate major enablers and inhibitors to sustainability in a highlevel framework consisting of four pillars: clinical, technical, socio-technical, and political/business.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press, 2007. 1179-1183 p.
, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, ISSN 0926-9630 ; 129
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-38640Local ID: 45136ISBN: 978-1-58603-774-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-38640DiVA: diva2:259489
12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics, Brisbane, Australia, AUG 20-24, 2007