Managing patient-centered healthcare development in the light of cloud computing

University essay from IT-universitetet i Göteborg/Tillämpad informationsteknologi

Abstract: In a change situation characterized by growing aging populations, rising costs, decreasing resourcesthere is a growing interest in the facilities provided by cloud computing for the development of e-Health and a patient-centered healthcare process. Though, the inter-organizational characteristics ofthe situation challenge management to align many technological, organizational, functional, andcultural issues. Therefore, the aim of this study was to contribute to management of patient-centeredhealthcare development and thus, to the good life of frail older adults. The investigation wasconducted through an empirical study based on an extensive literature review. The primary data wascollected from interviews with seven professionals with long experience within healthcare system,decision makers and providers. Secondary data was derived from two reports; the first reportreflected the life of frail older adults and the second explained national e-health ambition in Sweden.The result showed that there are contrasting views on development of healthcare, weakcommunication among different levels of professional stakeholders regarding e-health and patientcenteredhealthcare process and little understanding of knowledge needed for dealing with thechange situation and managing patient-centered healthcare development. Conclusions, howeversuggests that management could be enriched and find new inspiration by implementing theoreticallyunderpinned guidelines for stakeholder information sharing and communication.

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