Information Specificity Vulnerability: Comparison of Medication Information Flows in Different Health Care Units

  • Eeva Aarnio
  • Reetta Raitoharju
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 252)


Information on patient’s medication is often vital especially when patient’s condition is critical. However, the information does not yet move freely between different health care units and organizations. Before reaching the point of putting into practice any system that makes the inter-organizational medication information transmission possible, some prerequisites and characteristics of the information in different user organization should be defined. There are for instance units with different level of urgency and data/information intensity (e.g. emergency department vs. medical floor). The higher the urgency level, the more vulnerable the medication information flow is to different discontinuation situations. As a conceptual framework, a scoring system based on the asset specificity in the transaction cost theory and previous literacy on information flows of different health care units is created to define the vulnerability of the information flows. As there is a national medication database under planning, the scoring system could be used to assess the prerequisites for the medication database in Finland.


Emergency Department Medication Information Information Flow Surgical Intensive Care Unit Clinical Decision Support System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eeva Aarnio
    • 1
  • Reetta Raitoharju
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Systems ScienceTurku School of EconomicsTurkuFinland

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