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Informatics 2016, 3(3), 14; doi:10.3390/informatics3030014

Advancing the Direction of Health Information Management in Greek Public Hospitals: Theoretical Directions and Methodological Implications for Sharing Information in order to Obtain Decision-Making

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Director of Medical Library of General Hospital Attikis KAT, Nikis 2, 14564 Kiffissia Attikis, Greece
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Hellenic Open University (HOU)—Health Care Management MSc, Aristotelous 18 str., 26335 Patra, Greece
Academic Editor: Francisco Javier Falcone Lanas
Received: 16 June 2016 / Revised: 29 July 2016 / Accepted: 9 August 2016 / Published: 15 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Health 2016)
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Abstract

Although consultants have long placed the use of research information at the centre of their activity, the extent that physicians use this information tends to vary widely. Despite this study and its recommendations, there is still a gap between the functions of a manager and the use of the associated information, while the decision-making procedures vary according to the organization in which they work. The cost of IT remains the largest barrier, while some current IT solutions are not user friendly and out-of-date, particularly for public hospitals in Greece. The knowledge management is concerned not only with the facts and figures of production, but also with the know-how of staff. The information needs protocol should not be referred only to those who comply with formal computer-based information systems, but also to those who take into account other informal information and its flow within the organization. In a field such as medicine, where out-of-date information may be positively dangerous, doctors make heavy use of journals and several texts from the web. The decision-making process is a complex approach, particularly in human diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Therefore, it is very important to set priorities in the sector of health information management and promote education and training on information and communication technology (ICT). View Full-Text
Keywords: information health management; quality information services; information economy; e-health coding; decision making; hospitals; integrated information systems; intelligence; Greece information health management; quality information services; information economy; e-health coding; decision making; hospitals; integrated information systems; intelligence; Greece
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Lappa, E. Advancing the Direction of Health Information Management in Greek Public Hospitals: Theoretical Directions and Methodological Implications for Sharing Information in order to Obtain Decision-Making. Informatics 2016, 3, 14.

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