Health Care IT


The Information Systems (IS) discipline is active in researching the many aspects of the role of information systems inhealthcare and the application of Information Technology (IT) to healthcare delivery. The contributory role of poor qualityinformation to medical errors is one area that has received little direct attention by IS researchers. In this paper, we present abrief review of the literature on medical errors and examine a number of definitions that have been offered. We further lookat the relationship of complex systems and errors. We then briefly outline some research avenues in which the IS/ITcommunity could become more active. Lastly, we present the specific, but limited area, on which we are focusing ourresearch. We present an outline of our research strategy and short term objectives.