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Technology Enabled Knowledge Translation for eHealth

Part of the series Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age pp 75-90

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Practical Considerations in Building an Electronic Community of Practice for Health Care: Lessons from the Literature

  • Kevin McCartneyAffiliated witheHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia Email author 
  • , Daniel HookerAffiliated witheHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • , Jennifer CordeiroAffiliated witheHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • , Helen Novak LauscherAffiliated witheHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • , Kendall HoAffiliated witheHealth Strategy Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

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Abstract

This chapter explores the various factors and decisions to be made regarding the development and support of online collaboration tools for facilitation of communication and learning between practicing health professionals. A literature review was conducted to identify best practices for the establishment, maintenance, support, and sustainment of electronic communities of practice (eCoPs). Following a discussion of the findings, an investigation into the available and appropriate technological options for building an eCoP was identified and is provided. This overview addresses the following dimensions of eCoP development: cost, data storage protocols, development requirements, and feature sets. A comparison between, and snapshots summarizing, platforms selected as general examples are also included as an appendix.