Formal Descriptive Methods for Use in Cancer Follow-up Procedures

  • M. Rothemund
Conference paper
Part of the Health Systems Research book series (HEALTH)

Abstract

We define medical organizational systems as socio-technological systems with functions within the medical area. Function processors are available for fulfilling these functions. The chronological and local processing of the functions as well as the cooperation of the processors are subject to specific rules. Medical organizational systems, as an example cancer follow-up procedures, are of a very complex structure. This complexity is due to
  • the combination of different flows (Köhler 1982), e.g. information flow, patient flow, material flow, personal flow, etc.

  • the different types of media available for information storage and -presentation (e.g. medical record, documentation form, hospital computer, etc.)

  • the interfaces between different groups of persons due to the high degree of division of labour between doctors, ward staff, administrative personnel, patients, system analysts, etc.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Rothemund
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  1. 1.Abteilung Medizinische Statistik, Biomathematik und Informationsverarbeitung der Universität Heidelberg am Klinikum der Stadt MannheimMannheim 1Germany

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