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About the Author

Karen A. Wager, DBA, is executive director of student affairs and associate professor, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina.

Frances Wickham Lee, DBA, is director of instructional operations for the Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety Center and associate professor, College of Health Professions and College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.

John P. Glaser, PhD, is vice president and chief information officer, Partners HealthCare, Boston, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470387807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470387801
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Glancyguy on February 22, 2011
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I bought this book to help me transition into an executive position in healthcare IT management. I have 15 years total of deep backend UNIX, networking, database, and SOA experience. The last 5 years have been in IT leadership. My main goal for this (very expensive) book was to get an understanding of IT healthcare specific protocols and HIPPA IT compliance standards.

If you are in the same situation as me, then you will find 50% of this book useful. Chapters 1-3 and 9-10 deliver the information required for a seasoned IT veteran to make the "jump" to healthcare IT. All the other chapters cover executive level IT material at a very elementary level. Even though this material is healthcare related, it is all the very basics of creating business requirements, acquiring systems, and building out sustainable architectures (all "theory" discussions with no practical "bit level" concepts). One of the chapters is a review of basic computing principles (like TCP/IP stack and RDBMS definitions). If you have been in IT leadership before, this is nothing new and stuff you have learned through the school of hard knocks. For those of you who are studying for an entry level IT management position with ZERO technical experience, this is a great "book learning" book to protect you from sounding stupid in meetings.

Overall, the book accomplished the mission. Given that there is sparse material on the subject, it was worth the investment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claude Lieber, MD on July 1, 2013
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While the text has some erudite points about the meaning and purpose of medical records, it is out of date and never mentions the VA medical system which has completely automated, integrated medical records for all of its facilities. Like all IT matters, this subject needs to be updated continually and clearly hasn't been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Mac on December 25, 2012
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This book is very informative and provides a detailed explanation of internet technology as it applies to a healthcare setting. It is very basic so non-technical managers can benefit the most but if you have any experience in IT, this one will be pretty much a review. If you are new to IT, this is a great place to start.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luis Ronda Garay on December 1, 2009
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It is complete vision of health care. Very good in the funcional point of view, I only missed some technology trends and european specificities.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Stroud on February 13, 2011
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I brought this book for a class I am taking, but this is one book that will definitely stay in my library. Great information and very useful.
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The most useful information in the book appears in tables which are presented as bitmap images too small to read. Even with the limited expansion capabilities of the Kindle Fire, the material in these tables is still practically impossible to read. What's presented as readable text is surprisingly nonspecific and lightweight. The writing is pedantic and yet superficial. Chapters are cluttered with repetitive points, exercises, and other similar material intended to support its use as a textbook. For the most part, this material is redundant and offers little additional benefit. It places excessive focus on the hospital IT hierarchy without enough discussion of the actual problems being solved. Hacking Healthcare is a better read, a better presentation, and a much more useful starting point.
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This book is one I bought for a Health Informatics graduate class. I think this book is more boring than my Organic Chemistry textbooks! The insistence the author has on constantly using acronyms and giving dates for when important health organizations started, and a lack of more case stories and vignettes to explain why things such as health information data must be standardized, why certain organizations are necessary, etc. means that often I feel like I'm reading a steady stream of boring, almost meaningless trivia, instead of a real understanding of how these organizations use the information systems, why they were created, and what makes one organization different from another. If you can purchase another book on this topic, I would suggest looking elsewhere.
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I liked this book. I bought this book for my final Masters class at the University of Maryland. It is a very comprehensive book and very interesting.
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