You are the Director of Continuing Care Services for St. Timothy's Health Care System, a multilevel system consisting of an array of acute and long-term services. You have been given the task of developing an information system that will track clients over time and place. The system will be used for clinical, financial, and management purposes.
• What basic components are essential to the system?
• What challenges and barriers do you anticipate will be encountered in planning and implementing the system?
• What are the first steps you will take to design the system?
• What recent external developments enhance and impede your project?