Health Provider Broadband Connectivity: A review of technical requirements – University of Melbourne Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society – June 2013

Posted on July 11, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics |

Health Provider Broadband Connectivity: A review of technical requirements – University of Melbourne Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society – June 2013

ISBN 978 0 7340 4846 2

Project team:
Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre, University of Melbourne:
Cecily Gilbert
Kathleen Gray
Fernando Jose Martin-Sanchez
Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne:
Shanika Karunasekera
Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne
Vikram Bhakoo
Australian Centre for Health Innovation:
Susan Harrison
Frank Smolenaers
Joanne Egan

“Executive Summary

This review reports the findings of a literature review on data connectivity practices and requirements of healthcare organizations.

It forms the initial work of a joint project between the University of Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Health Innovation. The study is exploring the changes that may be necessary for Victorian healthcare organizations to enable more integrated planning and better coordinated provision of data connectivity arrangements so they can take advantage of high capacity broadband infrastructure.

The literature survey gathered over 70 documents describing technical requirements for ehealth computer applications, drawn from scientific, government, academic and industry sources. Analysis of the studies revealed a diverse array of settings, methodologies and themes. Experimental or laboratory-based examples of network architectures figured widely, as did pilot studies set in limited real-world environments. Where a study described a clinical scenario, technical specifications were not always stated.

Overall, this survey found insufficient strong documentation to guide organizations adopting broadband-enabled health services. This suggests that further empirical study is required so that the answers to these questions will be revealed.”

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