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Collaboration process for integrated social and health care strategy implementation

Authors:

Jukka Korpela ,

FI
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DSc (Tech.), Director, Roce Partners, Tekniikantie 14, FI-02150 Espoo, Finland

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Kalle Elfvengren,

FI
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DSc (Tech.), Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland

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Tanja Kaarna,

FI
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MSc (Tech.), South Karelia District of Social and Health Services, P.O. Box 24, 53101 Lappeenranta, Finland

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Merja Tepponen,

FI
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PhD, South Karelia District of Social and Health Services, P.O. Box 24, 53101 Lappeenranta, Finland
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Markku Tuominen

FI
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DSc (Tech.), Professor, Department of Industrial Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland

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Abstract

Objective:  To present collaboration process for creating a roadmap for the implementation of a strategy for integrated health and social care. The developed collaboration process includes multiple phases and uses electronic group decision support system technology (GDSS).

Method: A case study done in the South Karelia District of Social and Health Services in Finland during 2010 - 2011. An expert panel of 13 participants was used in the planning process of the strategy implementation. The participants were interviewed and observed during the case study.

Results: As a practical result, a roadmap for integrated health and social care strategy implementation has been developed. The strategic roadmap includes detailed plans of several projects which are needed for successful integration strategy implementation. As an academic result, a collaboration process to create such a roadmap has been developed.

Conclusions: The collaboration process and technology seem to suit the planning process well. The participants of the meetings were satisfied with the collaboration process and the GDSS technology. The strategic roadmap was accepted by the participants, which indicates satisfaction with the developed process.

How to Cite: Korpela J, Elfvengren K, Kaarna T, Tepponen M, Tuominen M. Collaboration process for integrated social and health care strategy implementation. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2012;12(2):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.816
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Published on 18 May 2012.
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