Integration by Distribution — A Contradiction or an Evolutionary Methodology to Develop Multi-Functional Health Information Systems?

  • Karl Sauter
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 25)

Abstract

The overall objectives of computer-supported information systems (IS) in the health care field are to raise the quality and relevance of information, and to improve the flow of information within and between the respective organizations. Historically the application of electronic data processing (DP) tended first — for technical and economical reasons towards a centralization of the computing resources yielding in centralized IS. During the last years essential progress in information technology, especially with regard to mini/micro-processors and data communications, allowed for a controlled decentralization of system components and functions by creating distributed information systems (DIS). Their global goal is to improve the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency based on a better matching of information processing and organizational structures.

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Europe Coherence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Sauter
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  1. 1.Department of Medical Informatics and StatisticsUniversity Hospital KielGermany

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