Using Actor-Network Theory to Study Health Information Technology Interventions

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This chapter introduces Actor-Network Theory, a sociotechnical approach to studying health information technology implementation. The chapter is intended as a pragmatic introduction to the field, acknowledging that there are many contested features of an Actor-Network Theory informed methodology. Nevertheless, the approach can be usefully drawn on to help to focus data collection and sampling. A case study describing the application of Actor-Network Theory to study the "failed" implementation of national electronic health records in England as part of a national "top-down" implementation program illustrates the main tenets of the approach and provides concrete examples of how Actor-Network Theory may be applied. In doing so, this chapter offers a reflexive account of how Actor-Network Theory has provided a nuanced analysis of how the implementation of national electronic health records affected different stakeholders, organizations and technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 263: Applied Interdisciplinary Theory in Health Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Pages87-97
Number of pages11
Volume263
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameStud Health Technol Inform
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630

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