Health It Information Technology And Cultural Transformation Article Review

Length: 2 pages Sources: 6 Subject: Healthcare Type: Article Review Paper: #60181940 Related Topics: Health Information Management, Green Technology, Information Technology, Tactical Planning
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Information Technology and Cultural Transformation in Healthcare

Rapid advances in information technology have continued to drive change in many sectors, including healthcare. Ongoing research suggests that cultural transformation is necessary in order to properly adapt to the capabilities and constraints of the increasing complexity and pervasiveness of information technology in healthcare settings. Better utilizing the information technology available to healthcare organizations and more accurately understanding the social impacts of this technology can actually help to achieve the cultural changes that are needed, as is demonstrated in the following brief literature review.

At one level, there needs to be a certain degree of autonomy for individual healthcare organizations in their adoption and utilization of information technologies in certain


2011; Lopez et al. 2011). Different communities can experience significantly different effects from the wide-scale adoption of information technologies, in part due to significant differences in healthcare needs and resources (Lopez et al. 2011). While healthcare technology adoption has led to a great many positive outcomes through its integration and the creation of greater consistency, this has also been seen as a hindrance by some organizations that are struggling for greater control and attention to specific healthcare and practice issues (Abraham et al. 2011; Rivard et al. 2011). The cultural transformation necessary to achieve a more effective utilization of healthcare information technologies is not the same in every community or organization.

It is partially because of this reason that organizational planning is such an essential feature of an effective and proper adoption of healthcare information technologies; not only are the practicalities and the direct functions of an organization and its workers/patients affected by the adoption of such technologies, but the overall structure and culture of the organization is impacted, as well, and planning for this impact is key (Palmieri et al. 2011). A lack of such planning and the cognitive preparedness for healthcare technology adoption…

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Abraham, C., Nishihara, E. & Akiyama, M. (2011). Transforming healthcare with information technology in Japan: A review of policy, people, and progress. International Journal of Medical Informatics 80(3): 157-70.

Box, T., McDonell, M., Helfrich, C., Jesse, R….Rumsfeld, J. (2010). Strategies from a Nationwide Health Information Technology Implementation: The VA CART STORY. Journal of General Internal Medicine 25(1): 72-6.

Karsh, B., Weinger, M., Abbott, P. & Wears, R. (2010). Health information technology: fallacies and sober realities. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 17(6): 617-23.

Lopez, L., Green, A., Tan-McGrory, A., King, R. & Betancourt, J. (2011). Bridging the Digital Divide in Health Care: The Role of Health Information Technology in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 37(1): 437-45.

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