Outsourcing in the healthcare industry: Information technology, intellectual property, and allied aspects

Amar Gupta, Raj K. Goyal, Keith A Joiner, Sanjay Saini

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Abstract

The healthcare industry is being impacted by advances in information technology in four major ways: first, a broad spectrum of tasks that were previously done manually can now be performed by computers; second, some tasks can be outsourced to other countries using inexpensive communications technology; third, longitudinal and societal healthcare data can now be analyzed in acceptable periods of time; and fourth, the best medical expertise can sometimes be made available without the need to transport the patient to the doctor or vice versa. The healthcare industry will increasingly use a portfolio approach comprised of three closely-coordinated components seamlessly interwoven together: healthcare tasks performed by humans on-site; healthcare tasks performed by humans off-site, including tasks performed in other countries; and healthcare tasks performed by computers without direct human involvement. Finally, this paper deals with intellectual property and legal aspects related to the three-pronged healthcare services paradigm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Pages1733-1759
Number of pages27
Volume3-4
ISBN (Electronic)9781605660516
ISBN (Print)1605660507, 9781605660509
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 30 2008

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

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  • Engineering(all)

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Gupta, A., Goyal, R. K., Joiner, K. A., & Saini, S. (2008). Outsourcing in the healthcare industry: Information technology, intellectual property, and allied aspects. In Medical Informatics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Vol. 3-4, pp. 1733-1759). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60566-050-9.ch134