Evaluating computerised health information systems: Health professionals should be closely involved in implementation

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7407.163-a (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:163
  1. Joel Ladner (joel.ladner@chu-rouen.fr), senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health,
  2. Hippolyte Digbeu, assistant in public health,
  3. Francoise Marquis, public health practitioner,
  4. Bernard Guessan Bi, public health practitioner
  1. Epidemiology and Public Health Department, Rouen University Hospital, F-76031 Rouen Cedex, France
  2. Public Health and Medical Information Department, Nancy University Hospital, F-54511 Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France
  3. Regional Department of Health, 20 Rue d'Isly, F-35042 Rennes Cedex, France
  4. Ministry of Health, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

    EDITOR—Littlejohns et al identified the reasons for failure to implement a hospital information system in South Africa,1 but they do not emphasise the need for health professionals to be closely involved.

    In 1997 we conducted a field test of prototype tools and information flows over six months, with the overall goal of developing a computerised …

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