Technology Development and Implementation in the Public Health Institutions: A Strategic and Pedagogical Task for the Learning Organization

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Abstract

The article presents two overall problem issues for IT in the health sector. A strategic problem: Which organization structure and which work routines should be enhanced by technology? A pedagogical problem: How does the personnel learn to think, act and express work through IT-tools? The suggested solution is to put technology development and implementation together within a theoretical frame for the learning organization where and exist for both the IT-tools and the personnel. The personnel makes demands to which goals should be reached through technology and technology demands that the personnel is acquainted with hardware and software. As a communication system, technology offers new possibilities of realizing other forms of cooperation. The suggested solution is a synthesis between the strategy for organization development through technology and the implementation of IT as a learning process for the personnel. The synthesis between the mutual demands of the organization and its personnel provides for IT-tools which are in concordance with the principal values of the health practice rather than merely economic and management values. The analysis builds on a qualitative, in-depth investigation of IT-implementation in the secondary sector. The investigation indicated that the use of IT is a learning process which requires three types of knowledge and that continued IT-development in the organization requires a new fourth knowledge. reciprocal demands terms
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Infobahn for Europe. Proceedings of MIE2000 and GMDS2000. Technology and Informatics 77
EditorsA. Hasman Edi.
Publication date2004
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Wentzer, H. (2004). Technology Development and Implementation in the Public Health Institutions: A Strategic and Pedagogical Task for the Learning Organization. In A. H. Edi. (Ed.), Medical Infobahn for Europe. Proceedings of MIE2000 and GMDS2000. Technology and Informatics 77