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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2006;12(1):1-7.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2006.12.1.1    Published online March 31, 2006.
Managing Health Care Industry in the Age of Convergence
Hyejung Chang
Department of Health Services Management, Kyung Hee University, School of Business Administration, Korea.

The world is entering the era of convergence in which information and services are available everywhere all the time. Convergence is evident among products, technology, services, and even management processes. This new era transform the way we live and think in very profound ways and represents a great opportunity for new value creation to those industries and individuals who are willing to take advantage of the transition. Researchers, industry employees, and policy makers in health care industry should understand the power of this new world. This paper reviewed and classified types of convergence in healthcare, and summarized companies' endeavors and demands for convergence management at philosophical, structural, functional, and individual levels, respectively. Fundamental strategies in core competence management were suggested in healthcare industry, and rather industry-specific requirements were introduced in health and medical informatics field.

Key Words: Health Care Sector, Organization and Administration, Computer Communication Networks, Technology, Commerce
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