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Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Year: 2017  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 8 SI  |  Page No.: 8397 - 8408

Towards Utilizing Cloud Health Information Systems: A Proposed Model

A. Meri, M.K. Hasan and N. Safie    

Abstract: It is commonly perceived that the value of healthcare services constantly increases in developing and developed countries to which healthcare providers are currently becoming more challenging. Consequently, taking on advanced health information systems to reduce healthcare cost and improve overall health quality is imminent in countries that are still in service utilization stage like Iraq. This as a result, led researchers to consider the potential of cloud computing as a prominent technological solution for providing the necessary platform for health information technology services to be transformed and managed over the internet. This allows the healthcare professionals to access, manage and retrieve patient’s health records in a reliable and flexible way. However, cloud computing has also introduced a set of challenges in healthcare contexts which varied from one country to another depending on its current technological state and resources. The researchers shed light on these challenges in the present study by surveying the literature about the current antecedents that may face the Iraqi health sector to utilize cloud health information systems. The literature showed that using other models is not recommended as it implies different needs that make it difficult to fit certain cultural or geographical conditions as it in Iraq. As a result, this research proposed a model of utilizing cloud health information systems in Iraq. The organizational structure and system factors have been investigated as the main antecedents that may affect the perception of the healthcare professionals (individuals) towards utilizing cloud services in their hospitals.

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