Special Issue: CSCW and Dependable Healthcare Systems
The starting point for this special issue on CSCW and Dependable Healthcare systems is the recognition of ‘dependability’ as an essential and under-researched, CSCW problem. Self-evidently, society’s dependence on computer-based systems continues to increase, while the systems themselves – embracing humans, computers and engineered systems – become ever more complex. These trends coincide with pressure for systems to be brought to market faster and at lower (and more predictable) cost. Achieving sufficient dependability in these systems, and demonstrating this achievement in a rigorous and convincing manner, is of crucial importance to the fabric of the modern Information Society. Much progress has been made in achieving high dependability in computer hardware and software but wider systems involving computers, people and organisations are often disastrously unsuccessful and the cause of huge financial losses or worse. It is evident that satisfactory resolution of this dangerous...
Keywordscomputer supported cooperative work dependability healthcare services
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