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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David M. Liebovitz, MD (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book provides a reference for understanding the motivations, design techniques, and scientific constructs behind implementing selected modern information management approaches in healthcare. Examples of implementation and electronic dissemination in different environments are included.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive text on e-technologies in healthcare for students in a variety of healthcare disciplines. This book serves as an important contribution in terms of facilitating understanding of important design considerations and the varied environments of ongoing e-healthcare implementations. The objectives are met.
Audience: The book is written for students in a variety of healthcare related disciplines according to the author. This is an appropriate audience, however, emphasizing the best match between students of population health and epidemiology and health services research; areas that were included among many others in the preface. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The book covers many perspectives in e-healthcare systems and applications. Specifically, motivating factors leading to system development and examples are included such as remote interaction with specialized clinical scenarios. Use of decision support, including some rigorous design approaches, is discussed. The impact of e-health care in larger contexts is also discussed. A nice summary of all tables and figures is included at the beginning and serves as an easy tool for later referencing. A minor shortcoming is the frequent use of the "e-" prefix where this would likely be understood from the context.
Assessment: This book provides snapshots from the perspective of design and implementation for many aspects of electronic health information. As such, together with focused clinical examples, it is useful to students who have health information systems curricula.