Insight into Healthcare Information Technology Adoption and Evaluation: A Longitudinal Approach

Insight into Healthcare Information Technology Adoption and Evaluation: A Longitudinal Approach

Carla Wiggins (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA) and Ken Trimmer (Idaho State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-780-7.ch016
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Abstract

This chapter is a longitudinal review of Health Information Technology (HIT) research. The adoption, implementation, and use of HIT continue to present challenges to organizations, the research community, and to society in general. The first place that new waves of thought are often aired is at conferences. This chapter explores the evolution taking place in this domain by looking back through the years over work presented at the longest standing international conference track focused on adoption, implementation, diffusion, and evaluation of health Information Technology.
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Introduction

Health Information Technology (HIT) is predicted as an enabler of change for healthcare organizations worldwide: yet adoption, implementation and decisions about use remain complex due to a multitude of technologies, stakeholders, and potential levels of analysis. The research presented in this paper conveys the complexity and breadth of issues explored by information systems researchers in addressing adoption, implementation, diffusion, and evaluation via a multidimensional review of papers accepted over the past eight years at arguably the most noted minitrack conference focused on IT adoption, implementation, diffusion, and evaluation in healthcare information systems.

The following sections move back in time to grasp the evolution of HIT adoption, implementation, and evaluation. We begin by introducing that background and the methods used to conduct this literature review. We then present an analysis of trends, and insight from this body of past work by exploring evolution in theory, methodology, and practice. We close by addressing the future of HIT research.

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