Examining Contextual Factors and Individual Value Dimensions of Healthcare Providers Intention to Adopt Electronic Health Technologies in Developing Countries

  • Yvonne O’ Connor
  • Stephen Treacy
  • John O’ Donoghue
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 429)


Despite substantial research on electronic health (e-Health) adoption, there still exist vast differences between resource-rich and resource-poor populations regarding Information Technology adoption. To help bridge the technological gulf between developed and developing countries, this research-in-progress paper examines healthcare providers’ intention to adopt e-health technologies from two perspectives 1) contextual factors (i.e. specific to developing world settings) and 2) individual value dimensions (i.e. cultural, utilitarian, social and personal). The primary output of this paper is a theoretical model merging both the contextual factors and value dimensions; this forms a strong baseline to examine and help ensure the successful adoption of e-Health technologies within developing countries. Future research will be performed to validate the model developed in this paper, with a specific focus on mobile Health in Malawi, Africa.


Contextual Factors Individual Value System Developing Countries Theoretical Model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvonne O’ Connor
    • 1
  • Stephen Treacy
    • 2
  • John O’ Donoghue
    • 1
  1. 1.Health Information System Research CentreUniversity College CorkIreland
  2. 2.Business Information SystemsUniversity College CorkIreland

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