Loose Coupling and Healthcare Organizations: Deployment Strategies for Groupware

  title={Loose Coupling and Healthcare Organizations: Deployment Strategies for Groupware},
  author={David Pinelle and Carl Gutwin},
  journal={Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)},
Healthcare organizations are often organized in a modular, loosely coupled fashion where separate and semi-autonomous work units specialize in different areas of care delivery. This partitioning allows each unit to adapt to emerging practice standards in its area of expertise and to adjust to its local work environment. However, organizational loose coupling can limit the flow of information within organizations and can make it difficult to coordinate services when patients’ care is dependent… CONTINUE READING
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