Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems (3 Volumes)

Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems (3 Volumes)

Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA) and Eliezer Geisler (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)
Release Date: June, 2008|Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 1566
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-889-5
ISBN13: 9781599048895|ISBN10: 1599048892|EISBN13: 9781599048901
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Description & Coverage

Healthcare, a vital industry that touches most of us in our lives, faces major challenges in demographics, technology, and finance. Longer life expectancy and an aging population, technological advancements that keep people younger and healthier, and financial issues area constant strain on healthcare organizations' resources and management. Focusing on the organization's ability to improve access, quality, and value of care to the patient may present possible solutions to these challenges.

The Encyclopedia of Healthcare Information Systems provides an extensive and rich compilation of international research, discussing the use, adoption, design, and diffusion of information communication technologies (ICTs) in healthcare, including the role of ICTs in the future of healthcare delivery; access, quality, and value of healthcare; nature and evaluation of medical technologies; ethics and social implications; and medical information management.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Business process redesign
  • Computerized medical records
  • Costs of healthcare delivery
  • E-Health
  • Economic implications of IT in healthcare
  • Efficiency in the healthcare system
  • Equitability in healthcare
  • Ethics in healthcare
  • Evaluation of medical technologies
  • Future of medical informatics
  • Healthcare quality control
  • IT implications in healthcare
  • IT innovations
  • Knowledge Management
  • Manufacturing of medical technologies
  • Medical information integrity
  • Medical information security
  • Medical technologies in academia
  • Medical technologies in government
  • Patient preferences, needs, and values
  • Patient Safety
  • Patient-centered healthcare organizations
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Remote access to healthcare
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • Total Quality Management
Reviews and Testimonials

This encyclopedia provides an extensive and rich compilation of various ICT initiatives and the role that ICT plays and will play in the future of healthcare delivery be it in terms of enhancing clinical delivery or enabling administrative activities.

– Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

This publication is an absolute must for all researchers and practitioners in the field of healthcare information systems.

– Dr. Arthur Tatnall, Graduate School of Business, Victoria University, Australia
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Editor/Author Biographies
Nilmini,Wickramasinghe [PhD , MBA, GradDipMgtSt, BSc.,AmusA (piano) A.mus A (violin] researches and teaches in various areas of MIS with a special focus of the confluence of KM and healthcare. She is well published with over 100 refereed articles, book chapters, numerous books and an encyclopaedia. Dr. Wickramasinghe regularly presents her work throughout Australasia, Europe and North America. She is the US representative of HCTM (Healthcare Technology Management) association, holds a professor position at RMIT University Australia and is the associate director for the Centre for the Management of Technology at IIT, in Chicago. In addition, Dr Wickramasinghe is the editor in chief of two journals published by InderScience: IJBET, Intl. J Biomedical Engineering and Technology ( www.inderscience.com/ijbet) and IJNVO, Intl. J Networking and Virtual Organisations (www.inderscience.com/ijnvo).
Eliezer (Elie) Geisler is a distinguished professor at the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology and Director of the IIT Center for the Management of Medical Technology. He holds a doctorate from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Dr. Geisler is the author of nearly 100 papers in the areas of technology and innovation management, the evaluation of R&D, science and technology, and the management of healthcare and medical technology. He is the author of several books, including: Managing the Aftermath of Radical Corporate Change (1997), The Metrics of Science and Technology (2000), also translated into Chinese, Creating Value with Science and Technology (2001) and Installing and Managing Workable Knowledge Management Systems (With Rubenstein, 2003). His forthcoming books are: Knowledge and Knowledge Systems: Learning from the Wonders of the Mind, and a textbook: Knowledge Management Systems: Theory and Cases (With Wickramasinghe). He consulted for major corporations and for many U.S. federal departments, such as Defense, Agriculture, Commerce, EPA, Energy, and NASA. Dr. Geisler is the co-founder of the annual conferences on the Hospital of the Future, and the Health Care Technology and Management Association, a joint venture of several universities in 10 countries. He serves on various editorial boards of major journals. His current research interests include the nature of knowledge management in general and in complex systems, such as healthcare organizations.
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Editorial Review Board
  • Steven Goldberg, INET International Inc., Canada
  • Koos Krabbendam, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Murako Saito, Waseda University and HCTM Research Center 1, Japan
  • Jonathan Schaffer, The Cleveland Clinic, USA
  • Arthur Tatnall, Victoria University, Australia
  • Giuseppe Turchetti, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Piazza Martiri della Liberta, Italy