A system is a set of activities with a common aim, a common set of objectives, and a set of criteria against which progress towards the objectives can be measured. … Although the activities in a set can take place in different locations and in different organisations, it is possible for them to have ‘a common set of objectives’, in which:
- more than one activity can relate to a single objective;
- a single activity can relate to more than one objective.
Source: Gray JAM (2011) How To Build Healthcare Systems. Offox Press. Pages 9-10.
Two examples of the term in use:
Calling a group of healthcare organizations a “system” has become common practice. … however, true systems involve a functionally related group of interacting, interrelated or interdependent elements forming a complex whole with a common aim. In simpler terms, systems elements must be capable of working together to achieve shared goals; otherwise, they are merely individual parts with separate missions.
Baker GR, Macintosh-Murray A, Porcellato C, Dionne C, Stelmakovich K, Born K (2008) High Performing Healthcare Systems. Delivering Quality by Design. Longwoods Publishing Corporation. Page 14.
… EBM [evidence-based medicine] should not just be concerned with clinical content but also about the processes of changing care and systems of care.
Glasziou P, Haynes B (2005) The paths from research to improved health outcomes. BMJ 2005; 10(1): 4-7. https://ebm.bmj.com/content/ebmed/10/1/4.2.full.pdf