It seems certain that Healthcare Organisations are largely grounded in Information. From diagnosis to patient treatment and follow-up, to the prescription of medication and of complementary diagnostic exams and treatment, to imaging and diagnostic reports and to management-related activities — Information is the main input material for the operation and performance of every Organisation.
However, the interference of information in the day-to-day operations of most Organisations and the recognition of its economic value imply the development of an appropriate approach for this resource in the Organisation, as well as in its architecture, in the use of rational solutions and in its Management. The latter must be duly aligned with the Organisation’s Management Policy — an issue that goes far beyond the mere purchase and use of technology.
It is therefore necessary that the criticality level of Information is clearly acknowledged and that this recognition is formally assumed by the Top Management by describing the role played by Information Systems Management within the Organisation.
Moreover, it is essential that Information is Governed in such a way as to become a source of competitive advantage, with inevitable impacts on the productivity, efficiency and efficacy of for-profit and non-profit organisations, as well as on the continuous improvement of the quality of the services provided and of scientific research.
Bearing in mind the objective of highlighting the importance of Information and Information Systems Governance in Healthcare Organisations, this advanced programme is regarded as very helpful and comes at a very appropriate time — the hope is that it might contribute to encouraging Top Managers to regard Health Information Systems Governance as a major critical success factor for their Organisations