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Title: The development of a methodology for the introduction of information systems within the National Health Service.
Author: Maguire, Stuart.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3616 4865
Awarding Body: University of Lancaster
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis represents over five years of research focusing on the development and implementation of information systems within the National Health SefV1ce. It aims to contribute towards a better understanding of the information systems development process from inception through to system evaluation and review. Five long-term interventions have been undertaken in a range of National Health Service sites, examining different aspects of information provision. The length of the interventions ranged from nine months to almost two years. The five sites were all at different stages of system development. The research has been carried out using a combination of participant observation and action research. This has meant working with National Health Service staff on a series of system projects. The aim of the research is to try and help National Health Service (NHS) organisations deal more successfully with their information provision. The research question asks, "how can NHS organisations think about, and hence go about their information provision in such a way that successful information systems are introduced'!". Information systems development has generally been regarded as a technical discipline. This has led to a narrow view being taken of a number of areas that may affect the success or otherwise of system projects. Historically, the system development process has been concentrated in the hands of a small number of experts even though the implementation of systems can have far-reaching consequences for the organIsation. The output of the research is a set of issues that should be addressed when introducing information systems within the NHS. These have been translated into the OASES materials which form the appendices. OASES is not a prescriptive methodology but a set of principles and guidelines to try and improve the way that information systems are developed within the NHS. It IS hoped that the outcome of the research will be a situation in which effective information systems are developed that take account of the behavioural, cultural, and organisational issues that are important within complex organisations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Health services & community care services