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Achieving the Potential of Information Technology in Hospitals: Optimism vs. Pessimism

Whitfield, Blake (2006) Achieving the Potential of Information Technology in Hospitals: Optimism vs. Pessimism. Undergraduate thesis, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The adoption of Information Technology within the main tertiary public paediatric hospital in Ireland is very slow. Many opportunities and benefits exist through innovative Information Technology solutions such as improving patient safety, the use of telemedicine and online medical records (EPR). However, limited evidence exists as to the levels of digitisation within health care and their true benefit realisation.

With this in mind this Dissertation set out to research the benefits and take up of digitisation within health care using existing literature and data available in books,journals and Internet articles from the United States, Europe, Australia and Ireland, and to further conduct primary research specifically related to the potential of achieving fully integrated Information Technology systems (becoming a digital hospital)within the hospital. Moreover, it set out to establish if the benefits of a digital hospital have been confirmed, the main tertiary public paediatric hospital in Ireland will not have fully integrated Information Technology systems (become a digital hospital) in the next ten years. To achieve this goal primary research was conducted using quantitative and qualitative research methods and specific questions were asked about timeframe and obstacles envisaged of becoming a digital hospital.

The results showed that employees of the hospital are optimistic that fully integrated Information Technology systems within the hospital can be achieved but due to numerous obstacles (ranked 3.31 total) the majority (62.5%) of employees supported the hypothesis by indicating that fully integrated Information Technology systems in the hospital will only be realised after 10 years time.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software

Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Hospitality Industry
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Business in eBusiness
Depositing User: Clair McAuley
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2013 09:41
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2013 09:41
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/722

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