Conceptual modelling for technology assessment of IT systems ‐ smart cards and health information systems

Bernd R. Hornung (Institute of Medical Informatics, Marburg University, Germany)
Fatima T. Adilova (Institute of Cybernetics, Academy of Sciences, Tashkent, Uzbek Republic)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 1 August 1997

Abstract

A method peculiar to sociocybernetics as a paradigm is dynamic simulation. In the case of information technological (IT) systems, which are socio‐technical systems, a qualitative (conceptual, cognitive) approach is more appropriate than a quantitative one. Already intermediate results of conceptual work aimed at a computer model have been found useful. Illustrates this via three case studies from IT in health care, in which the sociocybernetic problem‐functionalist conceptual (SPC) modelling technique was used. Two studies are from the “EUROCARDS Concerted Action on Extending the Use of Patient Data Cards”; the third concerns the development of health information systems in the Aral Basin. In all cases, a wide variety of information and materials was needed for modelling. To keep track of this, proposes a sociocybernetic standard variable number (SC‐SVN).

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Hornung, B. and Adilova, F. (1997), "Conceptual modelling for technology assessment of IT systems ‐ smart cards and health information systems", Kybernetes, Vol. 26 No. 6/7, pp. 787-800. https://doi.org/10.1108/03684929710169979

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