International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI)

International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI)

Editor-in-Chief: Matthew W. Guah (Claflin University, USA)
Indexed In: INSPEC and 8 more indices
Published: Quarterly |Established: 2009
ISSN: 1938-0216|EISSN: 1938-0224|DOI: 10.4018/IJHDRI
Out of print.


The International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI) publishes original papers in all areas of healthcare management reform and information systems initiatives aimed at healthcare delivery improvement. It emphasizes empirical research but may include specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers from both practitioners and academics working in the healthcare industry. It particularly looks at the analysis of ongoing and future initiatives to promote efficiency and reduce error, continuous increase in cost of healthcare delivery, wider divide in the quality of health service available to different segments of our communities, and the influence of increase use of IT in various healthcare delivery processes.

The journal is divided into three independently edited sections:

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT REFORM addresses those domains of reform initiatives in which management change plays a major role, including the interface of healthcare professionals and healthcare delivery process, affect, and motivation. Among topics covered are the strategy, policy formation, change, and utilization of attitudes, attributions, regulation, and consequences of management habits within the healthcare industry. Of interest also are the influence of management behavior and its various interfaces on significant healthcare phenomena such as budgetary decisions, medication policy, staff persuasion, communication, prejudice, social development, and cultural trends.

HEALTHCARE DELIVERY PROCESSES focuses on significant trends in the process of healthcare delivery currently around the world. Appropriate to this section are papers on the nature and dynamics of healthcare delivery processes and relationships with healthcare outcomes. It also considers governments and medical associations own procedures and processes of taking initiatives toward improving healthcare delivery.

PATIENT-CENTRIC INITIATIVES promotes research on all aspects of healthcare delivery reform that focuses on bringing the patient to the center of healthcare delivery. This includes studies of basic processes within healthcare institutions that target direct benefits to patients without regard for individual and institutional differences. It also includes studies of individual differences and basic processes in behaviors of healthcare providers towards patient care and specific patient centric initiatives. Articles in areas such as structure, technology, and assessment of patient care are also appropriate to this section of the journal, as are studies of the interplay of culture, personality, and manifestations of patient centric issues in everyday behavior.

Topics Covered

  • Analysis of fundamental concepts for healthcare reform
  • Best practice for healthcare management strategies in Internet age
  • Best practices for integration of business and healthcare delivery processes
  • Best practices for managing reform processes in healthcare
  • Best practices for managing the demand for healthcare delivery systems
  • Best practices models for healthcare capacity and demand management
  • Communication, coordination, and cooperation of actors in healthcare reform
  • Evaluation of IS implementation methods and distribution processes in healthcare
  • Healthcare decision makers' ability to identify invalid or inappropriate reform initiatives
  • Human-computer interaction and usability issues during healthcare reform
  • Information technology integration within and between organizations
  • IS developments and implementation processes in healthcare reform
  • Misinterpretation and misuse of healthcare reform programs
  • Organizational IS characteristics and the resulting effects on healthcare reform
  • Performance assessment and economic evaluation of health reform initiatives
  • Quality assurance and evaluation of healthcare reform initiatives
  • Role of information integration on healthcare reforms
  • Security, privacy, and confidentiality during healthcare reform
  • Selection and tailoring for healthcare systems in specific countries and regions
  • Technology, process, and people dimensions in healthcare reform
  • Transfer of reform initiatives lessons from other industries into healthcare
  • Web services and SOA in healthcare

Mission and Scope

The International Journal of Healthcare Delivery Reform Initiatives (IJHDRI) encourages research examining different types of healthcare reform initiatives ranging from strategic to operational that occur in various forms, including inter-organizational, group-based, and technology-enabled. Healthcare reform research has, and will likely continue to draw from diverse academic disciplines such as operations management, information systems, marketing, strategic management, organizational behavior, technology management, and public policy. Future investigations will continue to address some of the most pressing questions raised by reform initiatives for individual patients, healthcare providers, local communities of patient group, cultures, economies and different regions of the world. What is the effect of reform programs on our understanding of national healthcare? Is quality being reconfigured by large private sector companies (especially IT consultants)? Do modern patients require new methods and new forms of healthcare delivery while at the same time remaining open to the unforeseeable and certain types of unseen medical conditions?

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editorial Board

Associate Editors
Lawrence Brooks, Brunel University, UK
Danny Poo Chiang Choon, National University of Singapore, China
Felix Tan Ter Chian, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Wendy L. Currie, Warwick University, UK
Kerstin Fink, Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Yanzhong Huang, Seton Hall University, USA
Cynthia M. Lerouge, Saint Louis University, USA
Yuanli Liu, Harvard University, USA
Massimo Memmola, Catholic University, USA
Natalie M. Mitev, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK
Blessing Mukabeta Maumbe, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
Susan M. Newell, Bentley University, USA
Phillip Olla, Madonna University, USA
John Ovretveit, MMC Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Shenglan Tang, Liverpool University, UK
E. Vance Wilson, Arizona State University, USA

International Editorial Review Board
Patrick K. Andoh-Baidoo, University of Texas - Pan American, USA
Carina Beckerman, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Jon Blue, University of Delaware, USA
Fay Cobb Payton, North Carolina State University, USA
Diane Dewar, State University of New York, USA
Isabel de la Torre Diez, University of Valladolid, Spain
Mohan Dutta, Purdue University, USA
Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Swansea University, UK
Latif A. Hakim, South Queensland University, Australia
Souad Mohamed, University of Westminster, UK
Gert J. van der Pijl, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ronald Spanjers, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands
Catharina Ziekenhuis, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands