This 20 page paper considers how electronic patient records and associated IT systems are being introduced into the National Health Service (NHS) in line with the Information for Health document. The writer looks at how this may be examined effectively and then considers its’ implementation in three areas, South Essex, Berkshire and Hillingdon. The bibliography cites 40 sources.
format of an interpretive and comparative approach. The information that is being analysed is not experimental data, but gained from real life on-going scenarios. The approach has to be that
of a partial observer, but is not limited to this as such the research in this model may also be a participant. In using an interpretive approach the paradigm is
one of increasing acceptance for this type of scenario, where there is an inability of quantitative data to capture the required depth of information requires as a result of the
human aspects of the research (Walsham, 1995). The choice of the appropriate research method during a study is a key element of the methodology, with many authors citing the need
for a multifaceted approach to the subject studied (Lyons, 1998, Galliers, 1994). The aim of this chapter is to consider the different
real life scenarios where there the local implementation strategy (LIS) has been observed in order to consider both the similarities and the differences in the methodologies that have been noticed.
In order to understand the interpretation of the research the methodology need to be stated and understood (Orlikowski and Baroudi, 1991). AS this thesis makes use of the Actor Network
Theory it is appropriate to use a research paradigm that may be seen as able to cope with the more human elements of research (Dhillon and Blackhouse, 2001, Callon, 1986).
There are several approaches in addition to interpretivism that may have been adopted, that included the most popular paradigm in social research;
positivism, as well as scientific and post-positivism (Walsham, 1995, Galliers, 1992). These all have differing research characteristics and underlying assumptions. Positivism has not been utilised, as although it is noted