It is a pleasure to strongly recommend this book to all health service managers, professionals and students interested in the concepts of decision support systems and their application. - Duncan Boldy, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Curtin University of Techlogy, Western Austraila * What are decision support systems? * How can they enhance decision making in health services management? * Where are there examples of decision support systems working in the field? This book has been written for practitioners and students of health services planning and management. It will also appeal to information specialists interested in developing means of supporting health service managers. It focuses on a critical area for management - enhancing the decision making process. Both the quality of decisions and the manner of decision making reflect the ability of managers to recognize and address the complexities of health services management tasks and to balance differing demands. These include pressures for efficiency in use of resources, calls for improved quality and effectiveness in meeting objectives, and a concern to increase openness and accountability. In fifteen chapters, this comprehensive volume introduces computer-based decision support systems - frameworks, methods and techniques - which provide help in defining problems, what information is needed and how it can be most usefully analysed to support decision making. Use of such systems can enhance decision making in the health service by promoting careful analysis, considered judgement and the ability to explain the basis on which decisions are made. Case studies of the development and use of these systems illustrate how decision making in the National Health Service can be enhanced in strategic and operational service planning and in the management of organizations. Features: * First comprehensive text on decision support systems in NHS management * Non-technical account of computer-based systems written for managers & planners * Detailed case-studies of DSS applications cover a variety of health management tasks
Steve Cropper is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Health Planning and Management, Keele University. Previously he was Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Management Science, Strathclyde University. He is Director of the MBA (Health Executive) and also teaches on management programmes for doctors and clinical managers. His research is into aspects of organizational performance, including inter-organizational collaboration, strategic management, doctors in management and decision support. Paul Forte has a part-time appointment as lecturer in the Centre for Health Planning and Management, Keele University, and is an independent health planning and management consultant. Previously he was six years with the Department of Health Operational Research Service, and four years in health services research at the University of Leeds. His research and project work has had a focus on decision support systems development and application throughout this period.
Shortlisted for British Association of Medical Managers: Medical Management Book of the Year Award 1998.