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From “Rules to Interpret” to “Rules to Follow”: ePrescription in Greece  pp147-155

Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou, Vassilis Tsagkas, Nicolas Marmaras

© Dec 2012 Volume 10 Issue 2, ECEG, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp95 - 181

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This paper aims to contribute to the on‑going discourse on how to design and introduce governance technology for highly reliable professional work within healthcare. With this aim, we study the Greek ePrescription initiative. The empirical data used in this paper were collected over a nine month period from three different pharmacies implementing the new ePrescription platform. The analysis of data led to the identification of tensions between the established way of performing work (which was based on professionalism and discretion) and the new way imposed by ePrescribing (which is based on activity control and monitoring). Pharmacists traditionally interpreted rules in the light of knowledge, practice/habitude and contextual specificities but with ePrescribing the rules are solidified. From “rules to interpret” they turned to “rules to follow”. The tensions are currently resolved by pharmacists with the employment of workarounds. We view workarounds as indications of incongruence between technology and task that can be productively used for design improvement. Furthermore, we attempt to generalise the case‑specific insights by linking redesign recommendations to the concepts of usability, tailorability, and generativity of information systems.


Keywords: ePrescription, workaround, usability, tailorability, generativity, professionalism, governance


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Volume 10 Issue 2, ECEG / Dec 2012  pp95‑181

Editor: Frank Bannister

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The Special ECEG issue of EJEG. The Issue contains seven of the best papers presented at ECEG in Barcelona.

Edited by Frank Bannister, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

With special thanks to Milla Gasco, ESADE, Barcelona, Spain.


Keywords: data mining, applications of local government, structure and urban informatics, service oriented architecture, e-procurement, disruptive innovation theory, e-government, public sector innovation, new business model, shared services, trust, e-voting, Jordan, framework, adopting , ePrescription, workaround, usability, tailorability, generativity, professionalism, governance, data, open government data, impediments, barriers, challenges, problems, user perspective, Alignment in practice, alignment, disalignment local government, e-Government, organizational change


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