Title: Developing fully functional e-healthcare information systems: a four-stage framework

Authors: Fuchung Wang, Sharne Koung Chou, Binshan Lin

Addresses: Department of Management Information Systems, College of Commerce, National Chengchi University, Taipei 11605, Taiwan. ' Department of Management Information Systems, College of Commerce, National Chengchi University, Taipei 11605, Taiwan. ' Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business Administration, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA 71115, USA

Abstract: National governments of most of the countries have started to create the environment and infrastructure for promoting healthcare delivery systems through an electronic mode to their citizens. However, reports the experiences with e-health as chaotic and unmanageable. The purpose of this research is to enrich the comprehensive inter-organisational systems that are currently available for helping e-health development. A four-stage framework was proposed and three main e-public health information system cases in Taiwan help to ground and explain this framework. These stages outline the multiperspective transformation within traditional healthcare structures and functions as they make transitions to e-health through each stage, barriers and challenges for each stage accompany these descriptions.

Keywords: e-health; e-government; e-healthcare; electronic healthcare; electronic government; infrastructure; inter-organisational systems; information systems; healthcare information; Taiwan; public health information.

DOI: 10.1504/EG.2006.010409

Electronic Government, an International Journal, 2006 Vol.3 No.3, pp.256 - 271

Published online: 18 Jul 2006 *

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