Selection of Software/Hardware

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
  • Marion J. Ball
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards
Part of the Computers in Health Care book series (HI)


The installation of a computerized hospital information system (HIS) does not just happen. It proceeds from its earliest conception (usually by a senior hospital administrator or board member) through an elaborate decision-making, selection process that finally culminates in an evaluation of the chosen system. This process is summarized in Figure 14.1. It is imperative that nursing be actively involved in providing input at every stage in the process from beginning to end.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn J. Hannah
    • 1
  • Marion J. Ball
    • 2
  • Margaret J. A. Edwards
    • 3
  1. 1.Information Management Consulting Branch, Information Technology DivisionAlberta HealthEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Information ServicesUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Margaret J. A. Edwards and Associates Inc.CalgaryCanada

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