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Information Systems in Healthcare with a Special Focus on Developing Countries

Information Systems in Healthcare with a Special Focus on Developing Countries
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Author(s): Ahed Abugabah (American University in the Emirates, UAE), Osama Afarraj (King Saud University, Saudi Arabia) and Louis Sansogni (Griffith University, Australia)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 19
Source title: Transforming Public Health in Developing Nations
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mohamud Sheikh (The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia), Aziza Mahamoud (Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar) and Mowafa Househ (King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences, College Of Public Health and Health Informatics, Saudi Arabia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8702-8.ch014


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Information Systems offer tremendous opportunities to improve healthcare services. Thus far, they have a proven track record as a way to improve the quality of services, and work processes effectiveness. However, Health Information Systems can be inappropriately specified, having functional errors, being unreliable, and not user friendly. Such breakdowns may affect working processes and decisions of healthcare providers, resulting in potential harm to patients. This chapter will elaborate a number of important issues/problems related to Information Systems in healthcare with the aim of providing a deeper contextual insight into their application in healthcare and offer advice on the factors that should be considered when designing and evaluating them. The chapter aims at providing a literature review of Information Systems in healthcare and highlight the challenges Information Systems face in this domain by providing a significant review of Information System theory in healthcare.

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