Critical Issues in Implementing and Adopting National e-Health Solutions: Lessons from Australia’s MyHealth Record

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2018-01-03
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Muhammad, Imran
Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
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Globally, healthcare reforms are being initiated to address the tremendous challenges facing healthcare systems. Without exception, these reforms include the implementation of a variety of e-health solutions. Such e-health solutions are complex and have far-reaching implications. We argue that while these implementations and adoption of e-health solutions are necessary, it is essential that an appropriate lens of analysis should be used to maximise and sustain the benefits of IS/IT (information systems/information technology) in healthcare delivery. Hence, in this paper, we proffer Actor-Network Theory (ANT) as an appropriate lens to evaluate these various e-health solutions and illustrate in the context of MyHealth Record, the chosen e-health solution for Australia. The results of this study reveal that the implementation of eHealth is a complex process and approaching it nationally, serves to make it significantly more challenging with enormous barriers.
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Global Health IT Strategies, ANT, e-Health implementation, Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Management, MyHealth Record
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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