Shared electronic health records as innovation: an Australian case

Pullen, Troy and Al-Hakim, Latif (2016) Shared electronic health records as innovation: an Australian case. In: Handbook of research on driving competitive advantage through sustainable, lean and disruptive innovation. Advances in Business Strategy and Competitive Advantages. Business Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, USA, pp. 500-533. ISBN 978-15225-0135-0


Based on the Diffusion of Innovation theory, this dissertation addresses the following research question - Whether the factors of diffusion of innovation theory influence care providers’ willingness to adopt shared electronic health records. Data was collected through a self-administered questionnaire distributed to over 5000 active members of the Australian Medical Association Queensland. A total of 588 valid responses were received from currently active care providers in Queensland. Multiple regression analysis and Chi-Square analysis were conducted to test the research hypotheses and answer the research question.

The data revealed that while 72% of those surveyed were willing to adopt SEHRs, significant differences existed between public and private sector care providers and across the various tiers of the health system. In relation to the factors influencing future willingness to adopt, the variables comprising relative advantage were shown to have a significant impact upon future willingness to adopt shared electronic health records.

The findings from this dissertation will benefit those responsible for the future introduction of SEHRs, specifically by allowing policy makers to target the factors that influence care providers’ willingness to adopt.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 01:27
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 03:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: care providers, electronic records, diffusion of innovation, relative advantage, complexity, compatibility
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-5225-0135-0.ch021

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