Healthcare Infostructures: The Development of Information-Based Infrastructures for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Infostructures: The Development of Information-Based Infrastructures for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Infostructures: The Development of Information-Based Infrastructures for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Infostructures: The Development of Information-Based Infrastructures for the Healthcare Industry

Synopsis

This second volume to result from the Diebold Institute Infostructure Project focuses on the roles that information-based technology can play in improving our society's overall health and well-being and in solving the major current and anticipated future problems of the cost and quality of and access to health care. The work outlines the general problem of healthcare in the U.S. and then examines the possibilities and problems inherent in developing and implementing healthcare infostructures. Also provided are expert policy analyses comparing medical information systems in the U.S. with those in Japan and Europe. This book will be crucial to an understanding of the future potential of information systems in America's healthcare sector.

Excerpt

Healthcare Infostructures is the second volume stemming from the Diebold Institute for Public Policy Studies, Inc.'s, Infostructure Project and was prepared under a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The project, which is international in scope, represents a cooperative effort whose goal is to assess the value of information-based technology in societal infrastructures and, where appropriate, to bring about the policy conditions needed to facilitate its development and application in order to improve the quality of life for the broadest possible segment of the general public. Just as the commercial application of information technology has vastly impacted and improved business, the use of technology could dramatically enhance critical areas of public, noncommercial life, such as the two examined thus far in this project: road transportation and health care.

The various books and briefings resulting from the project, together with the working papers prepared as part of the study, evaluate policies in the United States, Europe, and Japan to determine which ones stimulate and which ones inhibit the development of particular information-based infrastructures. The project is exploring the links between the private sector and public policy in the development of information-based infrastructure systems and assessing the interplay of government and business in maximizing the benefits of technological change. In addition, it is examining how technology and markets catalyze each other--how technology facilitates markets and how markets stimulate technological advancement and societal change.

This book focuses on the roles that information-based technology can play in improving our society's overall health and well-being and in solving the major current and anticipated future problems of the cost, quality, and accessi-

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