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Information technology and knowledge exchange in health-care organizations
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, MDALAB - Human Computer Interfaces.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, FHVC - Folkhälsovetenskapligt centrum.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6049-5402
Linkoping Univ, Dept Social Med, Linkoping, Sweden McGill Univ, Montreal, PQ, Canada Linkoping Univ, Dept Comp Sci, MDA, Linkoping, Sweden.
1999 (English)In: JAMIA Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, ISSN 1067-5027, 632-636 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the increasing global interest in information technology among health care institutions, little has been discussed about its importance for the effectiveness of knowledge management. In this study, economic theories are used to analyze and describe a theoretical framework for the use of information technology in the exchange of knowledge. The analyses show that health care institutions would benefit from developing global problem-solving collaboration, which allows practitioners to exchange knowledge unrestricted by time and geographical barriers. The use of information technology for vertical integration of health-care institutions would reduce knowledge transaction costs, Le. decrease costs for negotiating and creating communication channels, and facilitating the determination of what, when, and how to produce knowledge. A global network would allow organizations to increase existing knowledge, and thus total productivity, while also supporting an environment where the generation of new ideas is unrestricted Using all the intellectual potential of market actors and thereby releasing economic resources can reduce today's global budget conflicts in the public sector, Le. the necessity to choose between health care services and for instance, schools and support for the elderly. In conclusion, global collaboration and coordination would reduce the transaction costs inherent in knowledge administration and allow a more effective total use of scarce health-care resources.

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1999. 632-636 p.
Keyword [en]
health-care organization, information technology (IT), transaction costs, knowledge market, global communication
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-49156OAI: diva2:270052
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2013-09-05

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