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Collecting data in real time with postcards


Yee, KC and Kanstrup, AM and Bertelsen, P and Nohr, C, Collecting data in real time with postcards, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 194 pp. 202-7. ISSN 0926-9630 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-293-6-202


The success of information technology (IT) in transforming healthcare is often limited by the lack of clear understanding of the context at which the technology is used. Various methods have been proposed to understand healthcare context better in designing and implementing Health Information Systems. These methods often involve cross-sectional, retrospective data collection. This paper describes the postcard method for prospective real-time data collection, both in paper format and electronic format. This paper then describes the results obtained using postcard techniques in Denmark and Australia. The benefits of this technique are illustrated. There are limitations in using postcard techniques and this paper provides a detail discussion about these limitations. Postcard techniques provide unique advantages in understanding real time healthcare context and it is an important technique to consider in IT design and implementation in healthcare.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Health information systems, design principles, research methodology
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health informatics and information systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Yee, KC (Dr Kwang Yee)
ID Code:95199
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-09-26
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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