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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) is a driver for the improvement of health care and the reduction of health care costs. Developing countries face substantial challenges in adopting EHRs. The complex adaptive system conceptual framework was used to guide this single case study to explore strategies that health care leaders used to successfully implement the EHR system. Data were collected from 6 health care leaders from an island in the Caribbean using a semistructured interview technique. Data were analyzed using the Bengtsson's 4-stage data analysis process, which includes decontextualization, recontextualization, categorization, and compilation. The results of the study yielded 5 main themes: training, increased staffing, monitoring, identifying organizational gaps, and time. The implications of the study for positive social change include the potential to improve the standards of care provided to promote improved patient outcomes by using the strategies identified in this study to successfully implement the EHR system.