Holistic System Design: The Oncology Carinthia Study

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Health‐care systems all over the world are facing a formidable challenge. The issue is providing an integral kind of care, with the patient at the centre, rather than technology or doctors. Our research question is: How must health‐care systems be designed to provide holistic, patient‐centred care, at excellent quality and bearable cost? The main topic of this chapter is organization. This is a transdisciplinary, socio‐technical undertaking with far‐reaching implications. Organizational innovation is needed, and it can yield better and more abundant fruits than mere technological creations can. The purpose of this chapter is to explore an exemplar of a long‐term process aimed at achieving a holistic system design. The case is from health care. We trace back the process by which a comprehensive oncological care system was built in the Austrian province of Carinthia, with Klagenfurt as its capital. The study covers a period of roughly 30 years, until 2015. It reports on strong successes, but also some downsides along the way. The chapter delivers several counterintuitive insights and powerful lessons for both practitioners and insights.

Authors Schwaninger, Markus & Klocker, Johann
Editors García-Díaz, Cesar & Olaya, Camilo
Language English
Subjects social sciences
Institute/School IfB - Institute of Management
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HSG Classification not classified
Date January 2018
Publisher Wiley
Place of Publication Chichester
Page Range 235-266
Title of Book Social Systems Engineering
Depositing User Prof. em. Markus Schwaninger
Date Deposited 12 Dec 2017 09:06
Last Modified 12 Dec 2017 09:06
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/252858


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Schwaninger, Markus & Klocker, Johann: Holistic System Design: The Oncology Carinthia Study. Chichester : Wiley, 2018, S. 235-266.


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