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Title: The remodelling of patient care pathway for e-health
Author: Jones, Karen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2681 7502
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2009
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The interdependencies within the health care system are seldom taken into account prior to implementation of e-health projects, and there tends to be little change management as part of the plan. Our proposal offers a systems analysis model that gives e-health a framework to consider and manage the introduction, changes and outcomes. This research describes the use of a modified Patient Care Pathway as a method to design and implement e-health projects, presenting as a case study the pre-implementation phase of a teleradiology project in rural Thailand. The proposal is that a modified version of Patient Care Pathways can be used as a prospective design model for e-health services. The method adopts systems engineering principles and applies a ―whole systems approach‖ thereby providing a much richer schematic representation of the patient care pathway illustrating both the patient‘s journey through the system and also the information flow. Our method was applied to the design of a new teleradiology service that was to be established in Thailand, to connect GP‘s in a rural hospital to the radiology department in a tertiary hospital with a further connection to a specialist radiologist in a medical school in Bangkok. By comparing the pre-implementation Patient Care Pathway with the proposed pathway using the teleradiology, a systems analysis model was developed to identify critical points in the system and identify and anticipate how the system would support the changes in clinical practices. The method produced a valuable framework to better understand and thereby manage the implications of change prior to implementation of an e-health project.
Supervisor: Clarke, M. ; Baldwin, L. P. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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