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Emergence of an Information Infrastructure through Integrating Waste Drug Recycling, Medication Management, and Household Drug Management in China

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Title:Emergence of an Information Infrastructure through Integrating Waste Drug Recycling, Medication Management, and Household Drug Management in China
Authors:Luo, Yumei
Reimers, Kai
Keywords:IT Adoption, Diffusion and Evaluation in Healthcare
Information Technology in Healthcare
China, Household drug management, Information infrastructure, Medication management, Waste drug recycling,
Date Issued:08 Jan 2019
Abstract:The total amount of waste drugs is expanding significantly as populations age and societies become wealthier. Drug waste is becoming a problem for health and environment. Thus, how to reduce and effectively dispose of waste drugs is increasingly becoming an issue for society. In this paper, we analyze the current situation with regard to existing systems for expired drug recycling and disposal in China and suggest that by connecting the involved practices of waste drug recycling, medication management, and household drug management the incentives to participate in an integrated drug recycling system can be dramatically increased for all involved actors. This is important from an IS perspective because such connecting of practices could account for a novel mechanism of information infrastructure emergence, known from physics as ‘state transition’. By contrast, the current literature focuses on the development of information infrastructures through growth at the periphery, mostly driven by user activity and enabled by modular and flexible designs. Our approach could explain the de-novo emergence of an information infrastructure.
Pages/Duration:9 pages
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/59837
ISBN:978-0-9981331-2-6
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: IT Adoption, Diffusion and Evaluation in Healthcare


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