Health Care Management Science

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 1–9

The role of organizational factors in the adoption of healthcare information technology in Florida hospitals

  • Neset Hikmet
  • Anol Bhattacherjee
  • Nir Menachemi
  • Varol O. Kayhan
  • Robert G. Brooks
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10729-007-9036-5

Cite this article as:
Hikmet, N., Bhattacherjee, A., Menachemi, N. et al. Health Care Manage Sci (2008) 11: 1. doi:10.1007/s10729-007-9036-5

Abstract

This study examines whether specific organizational characteristics, such as hospital size, geographic location (urban versus rural), system membership (stand-alone versus system-affiliated), and tax status (for-profit versus non-profit), influence adoption of healthcare information technologies (HIT) in hospitals. We hypothesize the above organizational characteristics to be related to hospitals’ adoption of clinical, administrative, and strategic HIT, as well as all HIT in general. Using survey data collected from 98 Florida hospitals, we demonstrate that hospital size, system membership, and tax status, but not geographic location, are systematically related to HIT adoption, and that such factors explain about 28–41% of the adoption variance. A mixed pattern of effects emerge for clinical, administrative, and strategic HIT. For instance, hospital size appears to be less relevant for administrative HIT, where its effect is compensated by those of system membership and tax status. Implications for future HIT research and practice are discussed.

Keywords

Healthcare information technology Adoption Organizational factors Survey research 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neset Hikmet
    • 1
  • Anol Bhattacherjee
    • 2
  • Nir Menachemi
    • 3
  • Varol O. Kayhan
    • 2
  • Robert G. Brooks
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Research in Healthcare Systems and Policies, College of Business AdministrationUniversity of South FloridaSarasotaUSA
  2. 2.College of Business AdministrationUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.Center on Patient Safety, College of MedicineFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  4. 4.College of MedicineFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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