Clarifying the current and potential use of GIS within NHS organisations: optimism or pessimism?
Smith, Darren, Higgs, Gary and Gould, Myles (2001) Clarifying the current and potential use of GIS within NHS organisations: optimism or pessimism? British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management, 18 (7). pp. 24-26. ISSN 1749-4044
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Recent claims for the use of geographical information systems (GIS) in the healthcare sector have led to a number of studies that have promoted the advantages of using such technologies in the NHS. The project described in this paper aims to examine the current levels of uptake of GIS, the main policy drivers for the use of GIS in primary and secondary care and the principal barriers towards wider implementation. In particular, it will use a multi-method approach to investigate the main technical and organisational factors influencing the use of GIS in the NHS, will build on earlier surveys conducted in the early 1990s and will present 'best practice' case studies of the use of GIS in action in a variety of institutional settings. The paper draws attention to the main aims of the project, the proposed methodologies and the dissemination programme.
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