Integrating Health Information Systems: A Critical Appraisal

E. Monteiro
2003 Methods of Information in Medicine  
Objectives: The aim of this paper is to critically assess some of the underlying assumptions behind these initiatives and analyze the dominant expressions, forms and mechanisms of integration. Methods: This paper employs a discourse analysis to elicit the notion of integration of information systems and its consequences for electronic patient record systems. Results and Conclusions: An alternative strategy is outlined, encouraging a more decentralized, multi-vocal approach acknowledging the
more » ... knowledging the productive role of related and duplicated information and preserving the existing variety of information systems.
doi:10.1055/s-0038-1634241 fatcat:k766hobuzvb7toouzv62xcnjve