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A Synthetic Representation of Inter-Organizational Multi-Actor Collaborative Structures: A Pragmatic Look at U.S. E-Prescribing

Nelson E King
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Bijan Azad
American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Abstract
A synthetic representation of the collaborative structure in U.S. e-prescribing offers explanations for unintended enactments (e.g., surrogate prescribers) of this healthcare information technology. The generation and transmission of a prescription requires collaboration between at least a prescriber, pharmacy, and patient. The interactions of these actors are modeled through one or more pairs of synthetic representations built using various theoretical lenses such as language-action models. The pluralist pragmatic basis for building a synthetic representation is interpretive synthesis used widely in healthcare. The paper describes how 240+ academic articles in various fields of healthcare are used to synthesize a model of existing (manual prescribing) and intended (e-prescribing) practices. Comparison of these two synthetic models identifies differences such as change in roles or new relationships. These differences can then be interpreted through a theoretical framework which ultimately leads to research propositions, informing design or future policy.

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Reference:King, N.E., Azad, B. (2010). "A Synthetic Representation of Inter-Organizational Multi-Actor Collaborative Structures: A Pragmatic Look at U.S. E-Prescribing," Proceedings > Proceedings of SIGPrag Workshop . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 10(130). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/10-130
Keywords:Research Methods, Healthcare Information Systems, Collaboration, System Design, Language-Action
Item Type:Article - Volume 10 Article 130 (2010)
Language:English
Email: Nelson E King (nk50@aub.edu.lb)
Bijan Azad (ba20@aub.edu.lb)

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