E-glue: Integrating heterogeneous health systems

Marion J. Ball, Holly Walker, Judith V. Douglas, Gay A. Fright

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


An integrated enabling technological infrastructure is mission critical to health systems. The integration of disparate legacy systems carries great risk, and failures or dislocations are not uncommon. Best practices for system integration at all systems of the systems life cycle can reduce these risks, as can attention to human factors within a change management framework. Systems integration remains a transitional solution at best. To reduce medical errors and improve the health care system, future systems must provide the interoperability that vendors of new applications architectures promise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEDINFO 2001 - Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Medical Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)1586031945, 9781586031947
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Event10th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2001 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 2 2005Sep 5 2005

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other10th World Congress on Medical Informatics, MEDINFO 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Best Practices
  • Health Systems
  • Integration
  • Interoperability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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