Globetrotting health information systems


  • Zufan Damtew
  • Gianluca Miscione
  • Selamawit Molla
  • Inger Elise Østmo
  • Knut Staring
  • Johan Sæbo
  • Violeta Sun


health information systems, developing countries, New Institutionalism, India, Ethiopia, Botswana


Cases from an international network, active in health information systems development and implementation in “developing countriesâ€, are presented in order to show a variety of interplays between the same IT agency and varying local settings. By using the same institutional lens, a theoretically informed view of empirical data is provided. Trajectories of implementation in Ethiopia, Botswana, and India present two different, and often diverging, levels of contextualization of the IT artefact: in the local context and in the (possibly emerging) organizational field of health information systems in “developing countriesâ€. By discussing the emergence of an organizational field of health information systems across “developing countriesâ€, but so far not showing many traces of isomorphism, this paper aims at enlarging the empirical basis of what is considered relevant in information systems research.



How to Cite

Damtew, Z., Miscione, G., Molla, S., Østmo, I. E., Staring, K., Sæbo, J., & Sun, V. (2010). Globetrotting health information systems. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries, 4(1). Retrieved from



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