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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
In 2009, the U.S. government allocated $27 billion to health care agencies for electronic health records (EHRs) implementation. The increased use of EHR systems is expected to drive down health care costs and increase profits. To meet this anticipated return on investment (ROI), hospital managers need to be able to successfully design, deploy, and manage EHR systems. The purpose of this single case study was to explore organizational management strategies that hospital managers can use to ensure their investments in EHRs meet targeted ROIs and work efficiency goals. The conceptual framework for this study was based on the technology acceptance model. Primary data were collected from a criterion sample of 6 hospital managers with direct experience designing and implementing successful EHRs in a small hospital in the Northeastern United States. Secondary data were collected using public financial records available on the Internet. After cataloging and grouping the raw data, 4 emergent themes were identified: (a) training, (b) the role of organizational management strategies, (c) technological barriers, and (d) ongoing support and maintenance. Findings may contribute to social change through an increase in the quality of patient care and making health care records more accessible to doctors in isolated areas.