Journal of Medical Systems

, 33:369 | Cite as

Critical Factors for the Adoption of Mobile Nursing Information Systems in Taiwan: the Nursing Department Administrators’ Perspective

  • Shih-Jung Hsiao
  • Yi-Chang LiEmail author
  • Ying-Ling Chen
  • Hsi-Ching Ko
Original Paper


The trend towards point-of-care and the advance in mobile technologies bring the potential to employ Mobile Nursing Information Systems (MNIS) in nursing care routines. However, adopting the MNIS is not simply a case of purchasing the required hardware and software, but rather a social interaction process between users, organizations, and the environment. Therefore, this study developed a framework of twelve factors affecting the decision to adopt/not to adopt the MNIS in the nursing department, and tested it from the perspective of the nursing administrators. A mail survey was conducted to collect the opinions of 84 nursing administrators, and a discriminant analysis was used to identify the critical factors for the adoption/non-adoption of the MNIS. Business competition, external suppliers’ support, and internal needs were identified as being significantly associated with the adoption of MNIS. Potential adopters can apply the results of this study as a reference when making the adoption decision regarding MNIS, while non-adopters and vendors can examine the resistance to MNIS.


Nursing administrator Mobile nursing information systems Adoption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shih-Jung Hsiao
    • 1
  • Yi-Chang Li
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ying-Ling Chen
    • 3
  • Hsi-Ching Ko
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of Information ManagementNational Chung Cheng UniversityChia-YiTaiwan
  2. 2.Dept. of Health Services AdministrationChun Shan Medical UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.Dept. of Information ManagementNan-Kai University of TechnologyNantouTaiwan
  4. 4.Dept. of Mechatronics EngineeringNational Chang-hua University of EducationChang-HuaTaiwan

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