A Manifesto for E-Health Success: The Key Role for ANT

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Wickramasinghe, Nilmini, Tatnall, Arthur and Bali, Rajeev K (2012) A Manifesto for E-Health Success: The Key Role for ANT. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, 4 (3). pp. 24-34. ISSN 1942-535X (print) 1942-5368 (online)


Healthcare is the biggest service industry on the globe. Sadly, it has yet to realize the full potential of e-health, which is in stark contrast to other e-business initiatives such as e-government and e-education, e-finance, or e-commerce. However, as all OECD countries grapple with key challenges which are impacting the delivery of cost effective quality healthcare, all are agreed that e-health may hold the key. This makes it more important than ever for successful adoption of e-health. It is the contention of this paper that to be e-health prepared is necessary but not sufficient for successful e-health solutions to be realized. The paper asserts that it is only by embracing a rich theoretical lens of analysis that the full potential of e-health can be harnessed and thus it proffers ANT (Actor-network Theory) as such a lens.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22892
DOI https://doi.org/10.4018/jantti.2012070103
Official URL http://www.igi-global.com/article/manifesto-health...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Keywords ResPubID26282, actor-network theory, e-health, healthcare, healthcare reform, web based technologies, Web 2.0
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