Activity System Theory Approach to Healthcare Information System

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Guohua Bai
Title: Activity System Theory Approach to Healthcare Information System
Conference name: 2004 International Conference on Service Systems and Service Management (ICSSSM04)
Year: 2004
City: Beijing
ISI number: 000223847800067
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Interaction and System Design (Sektionen för teknik – adv. för interaktion och systemdesign)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tek.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: gba@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Healthcare information system is a very complex system and has to be approached from systematic perspectives. This paper presents an Activity System Theory (ATS) approach by integrating system thinking and social psychology. First part of the paper, the activity system theory is presented, especially a recursive model of human activity system is introduced. A project ‘Integrated Mobile Information System for Diabetic Healthcare (IMIS)’ is then used to demonstrate a practical application of the Activity System Theory especially in constructing healthcare information system. Our conclusion is that the activity system model can provide the service system designers with a comprehensive and integrated framework for designing healthcare information system in specific, and for designing various kinds of service systems in general.
Subject: Business Administration\Information
Human Work Science\Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Computer Science\General
Keywords: Activity System Theory, Healthcare Information System, Holistic Healthcare
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