Championing telemedicine adoption and utilization in healthcare organizations in New Zealand

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    Abstract

    Background/objectives: This research explored the adoption and the utilisation of telemedicine (TM) in two healthcare organizations (HCOs) in New Zealand (NZ). The research utilised the technological innovation theories, as a guiding theoretical framework, to develop a set of potential determinants which could assist in understanding the adoption and the depth of the TM phenomenon in the two HCOs. Methodology and results: Using case studies design, the findings across the two cases revealed that TM was adopted according to its cost-benefit analysis. Although this approach was found to be important in assessing the adoption of TM, not considering the importance of other factors, highlighted in this research, such as the compatibility and the trialability aspects of the TM technology had a detrimental impact on the success of TM in both cases. Conclusion: This research stressed the need for the tight coupling between the roles of both the administrative and the clinical managers in HCOs in order to champion TM adoption and diffusion and to overcome many of the barriers that could hinder telemedicine success in HCOs in NZ. The research points to other implications with respect to the literature and highlights further research in this important area.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-54
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
    Volume76
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2007

    Keywords

    • Dermatology
    • New Zealand
    • Product champion
    • Psychiatry
    • Rural patients
    • Telemedicine
    • Video conferencing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health Informatics

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