Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 3543–3553 | Cite as

Criteria for the Evaluation of a Cloud-Based Hospital Information System Outsourcing Provider

  • Chinyao Low
  • Ya Hsueh ChenEmail author
Original Paper


As cloud computing technology has proliferated rapidly worldwide, there has been a trend toward adopting cloud-based hospital information systems (CHISs). This study examines the critical criteria for selecting the CHISs outsourcing provider. The fuzzy Delphi method (FDM) is used to evaluate the primary indicator collected from 188 useable responses at a working hospital in Taiwan. Moreover, the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process (FAHP) is employed to calculate the weights of these criteria and establish a fuzzy multi-criteria model of CHISs outsourcing provider selection from 42 experts. The results indicate that the five most critical criteria related to CHISs outsourcing provider selection are (1) system function, (2) service quality, (3) integration, (4) professionalism, and (5) economics. This study may contribute to understanding how cloud-based hospital systems can reinforce content design and offer a way to compete in the field by developing more appropriate systems.


Cloud computing Hospital information system Outsourcing provider selection 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that this work has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and ManagementNational Yunlin University of Science & TechnologyYunlinRepublic of China

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