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From The CriticsReviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: This is a second edition of a popular book that provides nontechnical information and tools to top-level executives on the major components, functions, capabilities, and life cycle of healthcare information systems. It discusses the role and function of leadership, management, organization, and issues related to healthcare information systems.
Purpose: The book's goal is to be a reliable resource for accurate and timely information to enable the top-level healthcare executive to understand and use health information technology for the benefit of the organization. Using this information, the executive can create and sustain a sold competency in the area of information technology within the healthcare organization.
Audience: The book is directed at the top-level or upper management executives in healthcare organizations. This could include chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief medical officers and nurse executives. Any other healthcare manager who desires a better understanding of the workings of healthcare information technology systems is a potential reader of the book.
Features: The second edition of this book updates the original 1996 edition that was well received when it was published. The new edition expands on the first edition and includes a greater focus on the business value of new information technologies, a broader discussion of healthcare systems, and a completely new section on the information technology development lifecycle. The book informs executives about current and future trends in information technology which affect healthcare information systems. It presents a model for information technology visioning, planning, selection, development, implementation, and value attainment.
Assessment: Any healthcare executive who feels intimidated by the information technology department in their organization should read this book. It provides a nontechnical review of the healthcare information technology functions and should enable the healthcare executive to communicate and work more effectively with the information systems professionals in their organization.