Health care organizations as complex systems: New perspectives on design and management

Reuben R. McDaniel, Dean J. Driebe, Holly Jordan Lanham

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

36 Scopus citations


Purpose - We discuss the impact of complexity science on the design and management of health care organizations over the past decade. We provide an overview of complexity science issues and their impact on thinking about health care systems, particularly with the rising importance of information systems. We also present a complexity science perspective on current issues in today's health care organizations and suggest ways that this perspective might help in approaching these issues. Approach - We review selected research, focusing on work in which we participated, to identify specific examples of applications of complexity science. We then take a look at information systems in health care organizations from a complexity viewpoint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Health Care Management
Subtitle of host publicationRevisiting the Evolution of Health Systems Organization
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781783507153
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Health Care Management
ISSN (Print)1474-8231


  • Complex adaptive system
  • Complexity science
  • HCO design
  • HCO information systems
  • HCO interdependencies
  • HCO management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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