Title: Fostering knowledge assets in healthcare with the KMI model

Authors: Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Addresses: Centre Management Medical Technology, Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60661, USA

Abstract: Facing relentless pressure to provide cost effective high quality healthcare, greater emphasis is being placed on minimal invasive surgical and diagnostic techniques. Such techniques necessitate the confluence of advances in technology with highly skilled expertise of multidisciplinary teams of healthcare providers. At the micro level these interventions appear to be successful in the short term, however it is likely that their full potential is not being realised. This is because of the lack of systematic knowledge capture throughout various stages of the process. This paper discusses the benefits of adopting knowledge management infrastructure model as a way of making explicit critical knowledge assets. Case data from a spine unit is provided to illustrate the power of such an approach.

Keywords: healthcare; knowledge assets; knowledge management infrastructure; multidisciplinary teams; enterprise development; hospital spine unit.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2007.011455

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2007 Vol.4 No.1, pp.52 - 65

Published online: 30 Nov 2006 *

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