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Title:Adoption and diffusion of health information technology: The case of primary care clinics PDF Logo
Authors:Callaway, Brant
Ghosal, Vivek
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:CESifo Working Paper: Industrial Organisation 3925
Abstract:We empirically examine the determinants of adoption of information technology by primary healthcare clinics using a large sample of physician clinics from several States in the U.S. Ours is one of the first studies to intensively investigate primary care clinics. These clinics are important as they represent the frontlines in the delivery of services in this large and complex market. Our study generates several interesting results related to the adoption and diffusion of Health Information Technology (HIT), including: (1) the adoption probabilities vary considerably by the specific type of clinic; (2) in contrast to numerous studies in the broader technology adoption literature, we find little evidence to suggest a relationship between firm (clinic) size and the likelihood of adoption; (3) there appears to be no definitive relationship between the age of a clinic and the likelihood of adoption; (4) there is a strong effect of geographic location, as measured by specific types of urban and rural counties, on the likelihood of adoption; (5) market competitive forces appear to have a mixed influence on adoption; (6) there is a distinct State-specific effect suggesting that information privacy, medical malpractice laws and State initiatives may play an important role in adoption; and (7) HIT is diffusing at a faster rate over time. Our findings have the potential to provide a better understanding of the longer-run effectiveness and efficiency in the provision of healthcare, and crafting appropriate policy responses. We note some future extensions of our work.
Subjects:healthcare
primary care
health information technology
electronic medical records
technology
adoption
diffusion
urban and rural locations
competition
healthcare policy
JEL:O33
I11
I18
M15
M21
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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