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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Some hospital leaders lack the technical expertise to implement electronic health records (EHRs) even though the healthcare industry has a government mandate. The purpose of this single case study was to explore strategies healthcare executives use to develop and implement information technology systems for processing EHRs. The target population consisted of healthcare leaders and managers successful in implementing EHR systems in a healthcare organization. Lewin's 3-step change theory was used as the conceptual framework for this study with data collected from observations (5), semistructured interviews (5), and organizational documents. Descriptive coding was used to identify 3 themes that emerged from observations, document analysis, recording and analyzing the interview transcripts of research participants. The themes included communication and management plan for EHR implementation, information technology EHR vendor selection, and EHR implementation technical support strategy. The findings benefit both the patients and clinicians with the potential to improve healthcare service delivery utilizing electronic technology for documenting physician visits. Study results may assist healthcare providers with identifying implementation strategies successful for EHR adoption and assisting with speeding the process. The research findings may contribute to social change through increasing patient access to treatment along with community engagement in using EHRs by information sharing to reduce healthcare cost.