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Exploratory study to understand the phenomena of adoption of wireless handheld devices in the Australian healthcare system

Exploratory study to understand the phenomena of adoption of wireless handheld devices in the... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand the phenomenal of wireless handheld technology in healthcare environment. Design/methodology/approach – The paper adopts a mixed method approach and a qualitative approach with focus group and survey techniques. Findings – The study indicates that organizational readiness, technical readiness, clinical practice, social aspects as well as compatibility of new hardware with the existing system, play a crucial role in the adoption of wireless handheld devices in Australian healthcare systems Research limitations/implications – Future research in this domain needs to examine implications of wireless handheld technology at an organizational level in the healthcare environment and its adoptability to unique healthcare settings Originality/value – The research has established that access to data, communication enhancements, policy development, high quality information transmission and easy interfaces, are some of the factors influencing the acceptance of wireless technology in Australian healthcare systems. The study also identified challenges, such as the lack of management commitment, in realizing the acceptance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Systems and Information Technology Emerald Publishing

Exploratory study to understand the phenomena of adoption of wireless handheld devices in the Australian healthcare system

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1328-7265
DOI
10.1108/13287260910932403
Publisher site
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to understand the phenomenal of wireless handheld technology in healthcare environment. Design/methodology/approach – The paper adopts a mixed method approach and a qualitative approach with focus group and survey techniques. Findings – The study indicates that organizational readiness, technical readiness, clinical practice, social aspects as well as compatibility of new hardware with the existing system, play a crucial role in the adoption of wireless handheld devices in Australian healthcare systems Research limitations/implications – Future research in this domain needs to examine implications of wireless handheld technology at an organizational level in the healthcare environment and its adoptability to unique healthcare settings Originality/value – The research has established that access to data, communication enhancements, policy development, high quality information transmission and easy interfaces, are some of the factors influencing the acceptance of wireless technology in Australian healthcare systems. The study also identified challenges, such as the lack of management commitment, in realizing the acceptance.

Journal

Journal of Systems and Information TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 30, 2009

Keywords: Wireless; Communication technologies; Health services; Information systems; Australia

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