Barnes, S.J. and Targett, D.
A framework for strategic information systems implementation in the United Kingdom health sector
Topics in Health Information Management, 19, (4), .
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The implementation of information technologies in the United Kingdom health sector is a relatively recent phenomenon. Many of the developments have followed the patterns in the United States. One such example is that of Case Mix, introduced strategically as part of the Resource Management Initiative and aimed at the facilitation of both clinical and financial audit. Moreover, Case Mix was implemented alongside significant changes in hospital structure and culture, requiring clinicians to get involved in management tasks and decision making within the structure of the hospital, supported by a new information infrastructure. The success of such systems has varied significantly. A number of lessons can be learned from the way that the implementation was approached. This article stems from a research project focusing longitudinally on the implementation of Case Mix in four UK hospitals. It draws a number of findings from the cases, and importantly, explicates a framework for strategic information systems implementation, as generated from the cases and supported by the extant literature. Such a framework has implications for both theory and practice, and assists in the understanding of what is often a dynamic and poorly understood situation.
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