Evolution of Information Systems and Technologies Maturity in Healthcare

Evolution of Information Systems and Technologies Maturity in Healthcare

Álvaro Rocha (University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/jhisi.2011040103

Abstract

Information Systems and Technologies (IST) in healthcare have evolved gradually, and theories about IST adoption and maturity are sufficiently established in the literature of organizational management. This paper examines the evolution of IST in healthcare. The author introduces concepts associated with maturity models, addresses the generic maturity model for IST management, and presents the main maturity models, specifically focusing on the management of IST in healthcare. Widespread and detailed maturity models are not fully available, and the opportunity to develop new maturity models that focus on IST management in healthcare still exists.
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2. Evolution Of Information Systems And Technologies In Healthcare

The Information Systems and Technologies in healthcare are relatively recent. Probably not even arrive at five decades, but they were from the beginning, an enormous progress in healthcare and information technology. Haux (2006) identified several progress lines:

  • Moving to a generalized treatment and storage-based computer, as well as an increase in data processing;

  • Change of a local architecture of information systems to a global architecture;

  • Use of data not only for administrative purposes and provision of healthcare but also for healthcare planning and clinical research;

  • Shift focus from technical problems particularly, to change management problems as well as problems concerning the strategic management of information;

  • Shift from predominantly alpha-numeric data for clinic pictures and also molecular data;

  • And a constant rise of new technologies to be included with the purpose of allowing a continuous monitoring of patients health status.

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