Evolving E-Health Systems: Symbiotic Constructs Between Corporate and E-Healthcare Worlds in International Space

Evolving E-Health Systems: Symbiotic Constructs Between Corporate and E-Healthcare Worlds in International Space

Denis Caro (University of Ottawa, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-154-4.ch012
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Abstract

The 21st century continues to witness the transformation of organizational systems globally through the deployment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The emerging future is witnessing the convergence of artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nomadic information systems, and nanotechnology. This promises to further transform the nature of inter-organizational systems between the corporate and public sectors. The evolution of e-health systems is a case in point. In the light of the Wuli-Shili-Renli (WSR) approach, this key informant study explores the strategic perceptions of corporate ICT and health care executives in Canada and Sweden. Public governance values play critical roles in evolving and sustaining symbiotic e-health networks in Canada and Sweden. The chapter exposes the unique transgenic dimensions of evolving e-health systems. The findings and implications of the study underscore the need for further international e-business research on the socio-cultural domains in which inter-organizational systems evolve.
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Inter-Sectorial Dydadic Relationships: Generic And Theoretical Perspectives

This paper posits that strategic partnerships and alliances are, in essence, symbiotic information networks. These are, in essence, mutually advantageous inter-organizational systems between informational cultures differing in values, missions, perceptions and evolutions. Moreover, these informational cultures incubate and thrive in informational cultural polities, which are articulated through the governance sector. Networks are systems of interconnected individuals and organizations through which informational and resources flow (Ford, Wells and Bailey, 2004). These networks interact and coalesce through an exchange of informational, relational and transactional capital and sustained through transactional and transformational processes. Moreover, these processes are articulated through skills sets exercised through system participants, called executives. Coupling of different sectors occurs when relational capital and transactional capital is leveraged through transactional and transformational skill sets. Where the capital and process resources are inadequate, a supra level (governance sector) foster and leverage evolving symbiotic information network. Symbiotic information networks are the result of the interplay of management and technical processes.

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