Diffusion

Diffusion

Roy Rada (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-651-8.ch013
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Abstract

To diffuse is to spread widely. Anthropologically, diffusion occurs when practices or innovations spread within a community or from one community to another. Diffusing a healthcare information system requires overcoming many barriers. Under what conditions is a healthinformation system successfully adopted by its intended target audience? In this chapter the theoretical issues for diffusion are presented. Then a detailed case of preparing to implement one large system shows some preparation needed to diffuse a system.

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