Managing health care in the digital world: A comparative analysis

Maria Cucciniello, Irvine Maclaren Lapsley, Greta Nasi

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Recently, most reforms affecting healthcare systems have focused on improving the quality of care and containing costs. This has led many scholars to advocate the adoption of Health Information systems, especially Electronic Medical Records (EMR), by highlighting their potential benefits. This study is based on a comparative analysis using a multiple method approach to examine the implementation of the same EMR system at two different hospitals. Its findings offer insights into the processes of the adoption of innovation and its implementation in a healthcare context. The need to innovate, the decision to innovate, the implementation process and consequently the results produced are quite distinctive at each study site. This comparative case study reveals that what appears to be the same can be quite different: this can be due to several conditions at the organization, the organization’s characteristics, and the process of implementation adopted. We need to understand these elements in order to be able to plan and manage such programs in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-143
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Services Management Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2016


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