Governance Structures for IT in the Health Care Industry

Governance Structures for IT in the Health Care Industry

Reima Suomi (Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland) and Jarmo Tahkapaa (Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-140-7.ch014
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Abstract

In this chapter we bind together three elements: governance structures, the health care industry and modern information and communication technology (ICT). Our hypothesis is that modern ICT has even more than before made the concept and operation of the governance structures important. ICT supports some governance structures in health care better than others, and ICT itself needs governing. Our research question also is: which kinds of governance structures in health care are supported and needed by modern ICT? Our chapter should be of primary interest for Health Care professionals. They should be given a new, partly revolutionary point of view to their own industry. For parties discussing governance structure issues in Health Care, the chapter should give a lot of support for argumentation and thinking. The models and conclusions should be extendable to other industries too. For academic researchers in Governance Structure and IT issues, the chapter should contain an interesting industry case.

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