Characterizing cancer information systems

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Abstract

The objective is to determine the extent to which information systems
(IS) for cancer are unique and necessary. Via an analysis of Medical
Subject Headings used to index relevant literature and other
bibliometric techniques, cancer IS are compared and contrasted with IS
of other specialties. Cancer IS are relatively little discussed and
primarily connect radiation equipment with the radiation oncology
staff. By contrast, clinical laboratory and radiology IS are frequently
discussed and connect specialized equipment to the hospital. A
``Specialty Need{''} model accounts for these patterns and says that
the ``need for a specialty IS{''} is proportional to the ``uniqueness
of the specialty tools{''} plus the ``degree to which the information
from those tools is needed throughout the particular health care
entity.{''}

Author-supplied keywords

  • Bibliometrics
  • Cancer information systems
  • Management information systems
  • Radiation oncology

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  • Roy Rada

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