Date of Conferral
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Kenneth D. Gossett
The health care industry is transforming into an industry that requires health information technology, yet many health care organizations are reluctant to implement new technology. The purpose of this case study was to explore strategies that led to a successful transition from an older electronic health record (EHR) system to a compliant EHR system at a multisite hospital system (MHS). The study included face-to-face and phone interviews with 12 managers who worked on the transition of an MHS's EHR system in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The technology acceptance model was used to frame the study. Audio recordings with these managers were transcribed and analyzed along with interview notes and publicly available documents to identify themes regarding strategies used by managers to successfully upgrade to a compliant EHR system at an MHS. Three major themes emerged: hybrid implementation strategy, training strategy, and social pressure strategy. Results may be used to facilitate the adoption of information technology systems in any industry. Results may directly benefit other MHSs by facilitating successful EHR system transitions. Implications for social change include improved care coordination, reductions in duplicated medical procedures, and more timely and relevant tests for patients through the full use of EHRs.