06 – System Choice

There are likely to be a number of limitations, financial, technical or otherwise as to which system you may choose, but it is worth remembering that there a number of other factors that may narrow your choice:

  1. The level of customisation the system allows, and how much time and effort both the supplier and the hospital are able to spend on tailoring the system
  2. Existing contracts with preferred/mandated information technology suppliers (e.g. according to regional contracts)
  3. Requirements for integration with existing systems (for example pharmacy stock control systems)
  4. Involving local end-users in system choice will allow to include the perspectives of different professional groups and provide a feeling of co-ownership.
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