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England’s electronic prescription service

Hibberd, Ralph, Cornford, Tony ORCID: 0000-0001-9202-1498, Lichtner, Valentina, Venters, Will ORCID: 0000-0001-8329-729X and Barber, Nick (2017) England’s electronic prescription service. In: Aanestad, Margunn, Grisot, Miria, Hanseth, Ole and Vassilakopoulou, Polyxeni, (eds.) Information Infrastructure Within European Health Care: Working with the Installed Base. Health Informatics. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, New York, USA, pp. 109-128. ISBN 9783319510187

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-51020-0


We describe the development of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS), the solution for the electronic transmission of prescriptions adopted by the English NHS for primary care. The chapter is based on both an analysis of data collected as part of a nationally commissioned evaluation of EPS, and on reports of contemporary developments in the service. Drawing on the notion of an installed infrastructural base, we illustrate how EPS has been assembled within a rich institutional and organizational context including causal pasts, contemporary practices and policy visions. This process of assembly is traced using three perspectives; as the realization and negotiation of constraints found in the wider NHS context, as a response to inertia arising from limited resources and weak incentive structures, and as a purposive fidelity to the existing institutional cultures of the NHS. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the significance of this analysis for notions of an installed base

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY-NC
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 10:44
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:46

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