Health Informatics (Logistics Information Management : by Guest Editors: Sarmad Alshawi, Tillal Eldabi and Ray J. Paul

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However, Bemmel (1997, p. 7) makes it clear that ‘‘. . computers cannot and should not replace thought processes in the human brain, but should amplify the brain’s capabilities’’. A computer should be able to provide the doctor with a memory extension, increased data processing capabilities, and increased accuracy and quality in decisions made (Bemmel 1997). Computers in health care should be perceived in the same manner as a stethoscope and microscope. Both technologies amplify major organs: the ears and the eyes.

Here, it is assumed that people create and associate their own subjective meanings as they interact with the world around them, and that researchers attempt to understand the phenomena by assessing the meaning that participants assign to the phenomena (Orlikowski and Baroudi, 1991). Interpretivists emphasise that reality and knowledge are social products that cannot be understood independent of the social actor (Orlikowski and Baroudi, 1991), and that positivists’ methodology of data collection and validation are inappropriate for interpretive studies (Goulding, 1998).

Yet, Kuwait and other Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries differ from industrialised countries in terms of culture, economics, socio-politics, and legal issues (Kassem and Habib, 1989; AbdulGader, 1997). The aim of this research is to explore IS/IT outsourcing practices as an information systems strategy in the context of Kuwait. Attention will be focussed on differences between Kuwait and the developed countries and their implications for outsourcing. Specific issues related to IS/IT outsourcing include motivation, client/vendor relationship, types of outsourcing, risk analysis and evaluation, contractual and legal aspects, and data confidentiality.

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