Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 1177–1190

Understanding health information technology adoption: A synthesis of literature from an activity perspective


DOI: 10.1007/s10796-014-9497-2

Cite this article as:
Sun, J. & Qu, Z. Inf Syst Front (2015) 17: 1177. doi:10.1007/s10796-014-9497-2


The vast body of literature on health information technology (HIT) adoption features considerably heterogeneous factors and demands for a synthesis of the knowledge in the field. This study employs text mining and network analysis techniques to identify the important concepts and their relationships in the abstracts of 979 articles of HIT adoption. Through the lens of Activity Theory, the revealed concept map of HIT adoption can be viewed as a complex activity system involving different users, technologies and tasks at both the individual level and the social level. Such a synthesis not only discloses the current knowledge domain of HIT adoption, but also provides guidance for future research on HIT adoption.


Activity theoryHealth information technologySystem adoptionText miningNetwork analysisLiterature synthesis

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Business AdministrationUniversity of Texas-Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgUSA
  2. 2.School of ManagementFudan UniversityShanghaiChina