Managing collaboration across boundaries in health information technology projects

Karin Garrety, Andrew Dalley, Ian McLoughlin, Rob Wilson, Ping Yu

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One reason that it is so difficult to build electronic systems for collecting and sharing health information is that their design and implementation requires clear goals and a great deal of collaboration among people from diverse social and occupational worlds. This paper uses empirical examples from two Australian health informatics projects to illustrate the importance of boundary objects and boundary spanning activities in facilitating the high degree of collaboration required for the design and implementation of workable systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding a Healthcare Future Through Trusted Information - Selected Papers from the 20th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2012
EditorsAnthony J. Maeder, Fernando J. Martin-Sanchez
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781614990789
ISBN (Print)9781614990772
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventHealth Informatics Conference 2012 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 30 Jul 20122 Aug 2012
Conference number: 20th

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceHealth Informatics Conference 2012
Abbreviated titleHIC 2012
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  • Boundary objects
  • Boundary spanning
  • Project management

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