An exploratory study to understand the drivers and inhibitors for the successful adoption of wireless technology in Australian healthcare systems

Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Gururajan, Raj (2010) An exploratory study to understand the drivers and inhibitors for the successful adoption of wireless technology in Australian healthcare systems. In: Biomedical knowledge management: infrastructures and processes for e-health systems. Medical Information Science Reference (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 267-278. ISBN 9781605662664


According to the Australian Department of Health and Aging (n.d.) the adoption of new technologies is crucial in addressing health issues. Currently, wireless technology is used in Australian healthcare with limited scope, addressing specific aspects of quality of service offered to various stakeholders. While prior studies agree that wireless applications have the potential to address the endemic problems of healthcare, very limited information can be found about the determinants of such applications. Therefore, there is a need to identify factors that may assist in the adoption of wireless applications in healthcare and the factors acting as barriers in the uptake of such applications. This chapter reports on a study designed to elicit these factors using a semi structured interview approach and surveys. The study is structured in two specific phases. The first phase involved a semi structured interview with selected healthcare professionals to understand various factors involved in the adoption of wireless applications as applicable to Australian healthcare. The second phase involved administering a survey to generalize the findings of phase one and to capture the views of the wider population.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Chapter 19. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. Alternatively, USQ staff and students may access the paper via publisher's electronic version of the book at:
Depositing User: Dr Abdul Hafeez-Baig
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 11:16
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: wireless technology, healthcare, adoption factors, information systems
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: doi: 10.4018/978-1-60566-266-4

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