An Examination of the Business and IT Aspects of Wireless-Enabled Healthcare Solutions
Healthcare is an industry that touches us all. Currently, healthcare systems in all OEDC countries are being confronted with escalating costs and major concerns pertaining to access, quality, and value of service. Such a situation appears to be untenable and most governments are turning to information communication technologies (ICT) as a possible panacea. Globally then, both wired and wireless technologies are now being used for healthcare delivery. However, in the frenzy to secure the best solutions and applications, few have delved deeper into the key issues of how to successfully assimilate these new technologies into the whole healthcare delivery process as well as the ramifications and implications to other systems already in place. In this chapter, we consider wireless healthcare solutions to monitor chronic diseases and suggest that a key barrier for preventing the full realization of the true potential of wireless solutions lies in the enabling of information and necessary data to pass seamlessly form one platform to another. We suggest ways to integrate data from wireless healthcare solutions with the existing electronic health records (EHR) systems, and discuss the impact of wireless-enabled solutions on the meaningful use of EHRs.
KeywordsPervasive technology m-health Diabetes Knowledge management e-health Electronic health records
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