Actor-Network Theory to Assist in Understanding the Implementation and Adoption of Health Information Systems

  • Imran Muhammad
  • Nilmini Wickramasinghe
Part of the Healthcare Delivery in the Information Age book series (Healthcare Delivery Inform. Age)


Given the current pressures on healthcare delivery to be cost effective yet provide high quality, healthcare systems are turning to ICT (information communication technology) to help resolve this conundrum. Such e-health solutions range from being on one-side patient controlled to the other end of the spectrum being provider controlled. However, most agree that these solutions should not only be patient-centric but also should be analysed under the lens of theoretically informed analytical tools. One approach identified in the literature used to facilitate correct and accurate capturing of the complexities and levels of interactions in healthcare operations is to use actor-network theory (ANT).

To demonstrate the benefits and strengths of using the actor-network theory, this chapter evaluates the merits of ANT analysis for the implementation and adoption of health information systems (HIS).


Actor network theory Socio-technical systems Implementation Adoption Acceptance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Imran Muhammad
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nilmini Wickramasinghe
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Epworth HealthCareRichmondAustralia

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