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Adoption of ICT in Rural Medical General Practices in Australia: an Actor-Network Study

Deering, Patricia and Tatnall, Arthur and Burgess, Stephen (2010) Adoption of ICT in Rural Medical General Practices in Australia: an Actor-Network Study. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, 2 (1). pp. 54-69. ISSN 1942535X

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Abstract

ICT has been used in medical General Practice throughout Australia now for some years, but although most General Practices make use of ICT for administrative purposes such as billing, prescribing and medical records, many individual General Practitioners themselves do not make full use of these ICT systems for clinical purposes. The decisions taken in the adoption of ICT in general practice are very complex, and involve many actors, both human and non-human. This means that actor-network theory offers a most suitable framework for its analysis. This article investigates how GPs in a rural Division of General Practice not far from Melbourne considered the adoption and use of ICT. The study reported in the article shows that, rather than characteristics of the technology itself, it is often seemingly unimportant human issues that determine if and how ICT is used in General Practice.

Item Type: Article
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Online ISSN: 1942-5368

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20721, ResPubID20062. actor-network theory, ICT, rural medical general practices, GPs, general practitioners, clinical, IT, Australia, Victoria, Australian
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 23:44
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 22:49
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6942
DOI: 10.4018/jantti.2010071603
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