An exploratory study to determine factors impacting outsourcing of information systems in healthcare

Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Gururajan, Raj (2005) An exploratory study to determine factors impacting outsourcing of information systems in healthcare. In: APDSI 2005, 28 Jun - 02 Jul 2005, Taipei, Taiwan.


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Due to increasing costs, many countries are experiencing public and political pressure to reform their health sectors. Some common problems encountered in healthcare include long waiting lists, lack of availability of medical practitioners, high costs involved in the medication processes, insufficient infrastructure to access and unsatisfactory levels of performance by healthcare providers. While governments are aware of these problems, they are unable to balance many of these problems in order to provide quality service to the public. However, in many countries, including Australia, a solution to some of the healthcare problems is found in the form of 'outsourcing' a myriad of services, including Information Systems. In recent months, Information Systems outsourcing has produced conflicting outcomes, with some claiming there is significant cost savings in addition to improved quality of service, and others claiming failures of outsourcing. What appears to be a common theme in both successes and failures of outsourcing is the context in which it is applied, the control exercised by themanagement, the level of participation and the knowledge possessed by vendors. Literature indicates that while the Australian healthcare sector has outsourced many of its services (such as pathology) successfully to external vendors, the current state of information systems services outsourcing is under researched. This exploratory research would investigate those factors that have an impact on information systems outsourcing on Australian healthcare in order to develop an initial conceptual model.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:17
Last Modified: 25 May 2015 03:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: outsourcing, information systems, IS, healthcare, health care, strategic outsourcing
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)

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