Drawing from the telemedicine literature, in this paper we introduce the concept of virtual medical communities - the sort of communities that enable geographically-dispersed medical experts to get together and share their knowledge in order to improve health care provision. The argument is developed in the paper that virtual medical communities when developed to communities of practice lead to greater effectiveness in knowledge sharing and creation and ultimately to the sustainability of telemedicine applications. In the paper, we introduce the key theoretical propositions that underline this study.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Health 2010, EH, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2010, MCCSIS 2010|
|Place of Publication||Lisbon|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||IADIS International Conference on e-Health - Freiburg, Germany|
Duration: 29 Jul 2010 → 31 Jul 2010
|Conference||IADIS International Conference on e-Health|
|Period||29/07/10 → 31/07/10|
Panteli, N., & Sims, J. (2010). Developing virtual medical communities. In Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Health 2010, EH, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2010, MCCSIS 2010 (pp. 249-252). IADIS.